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Thursday, October 13, 2011

The seven steps to personalized learning

Let's find out how your child can benefit by understanding a few basic concepts and techniques of personalized learning from this pyramid.

Step 1: Never be passive, always be active
Don't allow yourself to get into the habit of passively accepting that when you are presented with text, the way things are set out in it is necessarily the best way for YOU to learn. If it doesn't work for you, don't hesitate. Take Action!

Step 2: Learn how to make knowledge your own.
Each time children brings creativity into learning, their mind is linking learning with fun- and that is a great motivation for a child to learn more and do more.

Step3: Experiment with different techniques
Once you and your child have learned about different ways of thinking and learning, you should move on to this step, which is to experiment. Try experimenting with new ideas that you find out what works best for your child.
For example, making riddles. Riddles are able to help your child to:
1. Re-shape the information to make it more personal
2. Find a different way of thinking about a new topic
3. Develop problem-solving abilities.

Step 4: Let children choose what works for them
Having a variety of strategies at their fingertips means that your child can bring any of them into play as required. This places them in a very powerful position. When they do this, they are using skills that will not only help them across the school curricula but also throughout life.

Step 5: Remind children that they are unique

The more children practice different techniques , the more they will begin to have the confidence not only to mix and match them but also to design and come up with a few of their own. Your child is unique and just as able as anyone to come up with great ideas that build upon the fact that they are now becoming an expert in how they think and learn.

Step 6: Remain open to new ideas

Knowledge and research is forever moving on, and children can benefit from this as techniques and strategies can be influenced by new findings and discoveries. What we know about the brain and learning is an ongoing journey, not a static one, so keeping eyes and ears open to new ideas is important.

Step 7: Expert in personalized learning

And lastly, congratulations! Now, you know everything there is to know about personalized learning. Whenever you feel you need to revise things or remind your child how important it is to develop a good range of workable strategies, go through this seven steps again.

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