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Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization

Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization | Into the Driver's Seat |

Here's a chart that explains the differences between personalization, differentiation, and individualization. After some research on these terms, Barbara Bray and I were able to determine the differences between these terms in relationship to teaching and learning.

Via Barbara Bray, Kathleen McClaskey, michel verstrepen
Barbara Bray's comment, January 23, 2012 2:00 PM
Thank you for your comment. Kathleen and I are looking for feedback on how educators are using this chart.
rwteam's comment, January 23, 2012 2:07 PM
I am in Wisconsin and we are part of CESA 1 NxGL. I team teach with 42 kindergarten kids and we are using personalized learning. We are working through the tangles of being able to personalize with kids who are just learning to read, write and compute. It has always been a struggle to be able to differentiate the difference between true personalized learning vs. differentiation and individualization. You have done a beautiful job of creating a chart that makes this clearer for all stakeholders. This chart will be useful for helping colleagues, administration and parents see the true definition of personalized learning and the potential that it holds.
Kathleen McClaskey's comment, January 23, 2012 4:18 PM
Hello rwteam in WI,

Thank you for your comments on this chart that Barbara and I created. We would be glad to have you share this with your colleagues in WI and elsewhere. We commend you and your teams in CESA 1 NxGL on the hard work that you are doing to make personalized learning a realty for your students.
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Personalized Learning is NOT Differentiating Instruction | Barbara Bray - Rethinking Learning

Personalized Learning is NOT Differentiating Instruction | Barbara Bray - Rethinking Learning | Into the Driver's Seat |

Barbara's blog outlines the differences between "personalization", "individualization" and "differentiation".  These three words in education often are confused and misunderstood by professionals as well as the general community. Barbara concludes her remarks by what personalized learning would mean in the classroom. Thank you, Barbara!


"Personalizing learning starts with the learner. It is not personalized instruction. The teacher, the school, and textbook companies can individualize instruction for the different types of learners. Personalized learning means the students drive their learning and the teacher IS the guide on the side, the co-designer of their learning, and more of a facilitator to make sure the students are meeting their learning goals."

Via Kathleen McClaskey
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