Knowing Our Learners

How might we know our learners? What might be their strengths, interests, needs, …? How might we find out? Here are some of the ways we can approach this crucial element of personalized learning.

Building learner profiles

I have collected many resources on how we can find out more about our students, how they learn best and what might be their strengths or challenges so we know how we might need to differentiate for them.

All our students have jigged profiles. Check out the Myth of Average by Todd Rose as THE reference to understanding learning differences and inclusion. Here are some of the tools we can use to survey our students and better understand them:

Other resources to know our learners better could be:

Standardized test scores

Test scores alone are not relevant. What we want is to understand what might be the profile of a learner, how does it compare to before and how we might intervene to influence the learning curve positively.

While those are a static figure about learning, they go hand in hand with other learning data we might have. As we track text scores over time, we get some understanding of progress. We also receive possible ways to differentiate when receive results.

Previous data

We might find out about our students needs by testing them, by receiving data from previous years / previous school, by observing…

CLASSROOM data

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Observing

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