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A pedagogy of personalised learning

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A pedagogy of personalised learning, from education.gov.uk

A pedagogy of personalised learning, from education.gov.uk (pdf)

While reading about “Current issues in curriculum” today, I was pointed to this document from the UK government: Personalised Learning: A practical guide (pdf). I thought it might be worth sharing and of use to others. It’s long, but outlines some plans and strategies for personalised learning in schools.

How achievable is this in a setting with a rigid curriculum syllabus?

How fluid can the curriculum be made in order to really facilitate personalised learning ideals without sacrificing ‘standards’?

A curriculum framework, such as the MYP, should work well with personalised learning.

So when we design a scheme of work or unit, how do we keep the ideas of personalised learning in mind yet ensure that we meet these goals:

  • Sufficient data-points for each criterion in the reporting period to form a reliable best-fit grade?
  • Common assessment tasks* and quality/ reliability control within a department?
  • Sufficient opportunities for formative assessment and feedback?
  • Adequate preparation for the IBDP in terms of skills (and content)?
  • Satisfactory treatment of the unit question and enduring understandings?

Essentially, personalised learning means high-quality differentiation. The curriculum framework should allow us to differentiate for our students’ needs whilst maintaining a high degree of coherence in the curriculum.

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*Do they all need to be common? Could we allow students a choice of tasks – collaboratively planned – to complete in order to meet the assessment requirements? How open-ended can we make the specifications for an assessment for a given set of criteria in order to facilitate differentiation and yet maintain coherence?

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Author: Stephen

MYP HS Science & IBDP Bio teacher, HOD Science & MYP Coordinator at Canadian Academy, Japan. Moderator of #MYPChat (@IBiologyStephen). Author of i-Biology.net. MA International Education student, through the University of Bath. Married dad of two cross-culture kids (Indonesian & British).

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