An overarching goal of personalized learning is to develop learners’ skills, knowledge, and understanding so that they can succeed in the world long after they’ve graduated. Consequently, we need to give learners opportunities to make important choices and deal with consequences in ways that build decision-making skills. By encouraging curiosity and a desire to understand, we can prepare learners to stay connected in a world that is rapidly changing. And by giving them opportunities to plan, build, and assess their own learning, we make them less dependent on others and formal structures to guide their work. In the end, our job as educators is to reduce learners’ dependence on us so that our roles are no longer crucial to their learning success.
Research: Independent Learning in Your Classroom
Blog post: Ownership and Independence: The Keys to Learner Agency