Gone is the default image of a teacher—an adult lecturing to students seated neatly in rows, assigning the same textbook pages to everyone, and administering the same quiz on the same day to the entire class.
Instead, teachers in personalized, learner-centered settings are called upon to assess and address individual student needs and help all reach rigorous proficiency standards. These educators promote collaborative work among groups of students; integrate learning experiences that occur outside the classroom; and, above all, foster learner independence and student voice and choice.
Achieving this ambitious vision is only possible with significant changes in the very role of the educator and the ways in which educators interact with students, peers, and the broader community.
Research shows that student learning, achievement, and well-being benefit from this type of rich student-centered learning environment. But to create and thrive in personalized, learner-centered environments, educators need to cultivate unique capabilities that can be divided into four domains:
The techniques, curriculum, and assessment that brings learner-centered approaches alive inside and beyond the classroom.
Explore an interactive model of these domains and a link to related resources to help get you started here.