By: Justin DeLeon

#PLearning #MakeitHappen first appeared on Education Elements on February 19, 2014. 

Feeling confused about personalized learning?  Not sure what it means, what it looks like, how to implement or support it?  You’ve come to the right place.  We hope to answer your questions through our#plearning infographic series.  In part one #plearning#makeithappen (below) we’ll arm you with a definition for personalized learning, examples of what it might look like in the classroom and concrete strategies and resources to support the personalized classroom. In part two #plearningframework(coming soon!), we will offer a tangible framework to make personalized learning happen in your classroom.  Parts three #makeplearninghappen and four #plearning#itsateameffort will offer insight into implementation and stakeholder support, respectively.

Before jumping to the infographic, think about the current buzz around personalized learning.  Though some may believe it is a new approach to learning, it is not.  It has roots in Progressive Education which gained notoriety in the early 1900s.  This approach prizes student-centered, constructivist methods of teaching and learning.  It empowers students to learn based on need and interest–not based on requirements. Historically, personalized learning was limited to classrooms in progressive schools.  While it has not yet become part “mainstream” public school education, many teachers have been making an effort to personalize learning.

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