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Differentiated instruction is not personal learning

Posted on: March 17, 2015

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Differentiated instruction (DI) is what a teacher attempts to do to students; personal learning is what a student does to help himself or herself.

DI is like how clothing stores offer t-shirts in sizes like small, medium, or large. Teachers who attempt DI and t-shirt stores attempts to provide something that suits almost everyone, but cannot fit everyone just right each time.

Despite this, teachers who attempt to DI because they recognize individual talents and differences are better than those who give in to peddling one-size-fits-all.

That said, educators realize they cannot customize for everyone. So what do they do?

Personal learning is like the learner finding and making clothes to their own size and preferences. Educators show their learners how to do this. They show them how to find, analyze, and evaluate information. They model problem finding and problem solving. They emphasize learning how to learn.

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