Learner Role in Lessons and Engagement

In a traditional classroom setting:

  • Students are passive recipients of learning & content. The learning lacks rigor and substance.
  • Engagement strategies are one size fits all and are not differentiated to be responsive to student needs (i.e. background knowledge, preferred learning method, etc).
  • Student talk is limited to responses to teacher initiated prompting/questioning.

In a personalized classroom environment:

  • The learner takes ownership of their learning, and progression is based on rigorous mastery of standards/learning outcomes.
  • Engagement strategies distribute control of learning to all learners in ways that are purposeful and outcome-driven (small group learning, choice boards, tying learning to background knowledge and interest, etc)
  • Learners talk and collaboration reflects substantive and intellectual thinking.