Blended and personalized schools differentiate instruction to help all students master content based on needs, strengths, and preference. Educators apply different instructional methods to help students master essential knowledge, concepts, and skills.
Blended and personalized educators seek to engage students deeply with learning objectives by understanding their motivations and interests and giving them choice and agency in their work. Educators use different strategies to understand interests as well as to apply boundaries to student choice depending on developmental or mastery levels.
As student needs drive the design of the learning environment in blended and personalized schools, all operational elements (staffing plans, space utilization, and time allocation) respond and adapt to support students in achieving their goals.
Personalized approaches also shift greater initiative and responsibility to the student for managing, assessing, and progressing. The transition to self-directed learning often requires significant supports and scaffolding as students “learn how to learn” in new ways.