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One of the biggest challenges for educators is to engage students and ensure that they absorb the content taught. Methodologies such as individualized teaching, which seeks to meet the specific needs of each student, appear to assist them in this.
Individualized teaching is relatively complex compared to traditional methods. However, putting it into practice is not so difficult when educators adopt good tools and make good use of available resources.
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The use of individualized teaching in schools
In short, individualized teaching recognizes that each student has a way and a pace of learning. Thus, it is based on strategies that consider the interests, difficulties and needs of each student. That is, the student’s profile determines how the learning process will be developed.
How does individualized teaching work?
In order to put it into practice effectively, it is essential to develop an efficient lesson plan that includes the use of teaching platforms. It is the resources offered by them that allow individualization of learning.
In an adaptive platform, students are faced with questions that are in accordance with their level of knowledge. They also advance at their own pace and choose the topic they are going to study.
The available materials (including video lessons and educational games) complement the classes, helping students to fix the contents and have a deeper understanding. This is because the approach requires active participation and allows them to learn in practice.
Generally, these resources are also contextualized, relating the concepts learned to the students’ reality. Consequently, they realize the relevance of what they are studying and make associations that facilitate learning.
How have schools used this teaching method?
Depending on the teacher’s learning objectives and planning, adaptive platforms can be used at specific times in the classroom or at home. They serve both to complement what has been taught and to verify student performance.
Through student interactions with materials, it is possible to evaluate them more precisely. The evaluations show exactly what are the difficulties and what is the quality in the assimilation of the contents, as they do not need to memorize information.
Individualized teaching has also been associated with resources that focus on the development of socio-emotional skills, such as proactivity, autonomy, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
How can educators use it for school inclusion?
This approach is a great ally to promote school inclusion. Precisely because it respects individuality and the pace of learning, it allows the application of activities appropriate to the students’ limitations. So, they all receive quality education.
In the case of students with intellectual disabilities, this method must be in accordance with the Individualized Teaching Plan (PEI), which is developed by the pedagogical team especially to meet their specific needs.
During lectures, it is extremely difficult to meet the needs of each student. However, educators can include individualized teaching tools at certain times of the lesson, adapting it to ensure that the content is understood by everyone.
In order for students with an intellectual disability to be truly included, extra-class activities must also consider their difficulties. So, adaptive platforms are very useful for these students, like everyone else, to have quality training and feel good at school.
The main advantages of individualized education
Individualized teaching is an interesting approach for several reasons. It respects the students ‘particularities and fills in gaps that are not usually reached by traditional, standardized education – often in a cast, unable to dialogue with the students’ reality.
Learn about other benefits of this teaching method.
Improves student performance
As we explained, in this teaching method, activities are adapted to students’ needs and difficulties. This makes them feel more motivated and engaged in learning.
As a result, they take an active stance and are really able to assimilate the content, which improves their pedagogical performance.
Reduces school dropout
In traditional teaching methods, students’ needs are not always met, so they feel discouraged. This affects their income and can lead them to drop out of school.
Individualized teaching can change this situation by preventing students from feeling unable to learn, valuing their strengths and helping to overcome their difficulties. In addition, it increases the quality of teaching, showing parents the school’s competence and their concern to provide everything their children need to develop well.
Promotes relationships within the school
As differences are respected and students are able to learn at their own pace, the distinction between “best” and “worst” students is blurred. Thus, the school environment becomes more pleasant, students tend to be more tolerant and receptive, and the relationships between them improve.
The relationship between educators and students also tends to improve. This is because knowledge is built together, allowing the active participation of students in the teaching-learning process, valuing individual knowledge.
The use of an adaptive teaching platform helps to develop student autonomy. This is possible because they are all free to decide what to study and, in some cases, can check the solutions to proposed questions, identifying their own difficulties.
Thus, they assume a greater responsibility in their learning process, as they know what needs to be improved and can seek ways to do this, either using the auxiliary tools proposed by educators or using them to answer questions and ask for guidance.
Individualized teaching is an excellent strategy to ensure that students learn the content and feel more motivated in the educational process. In addition, it can be used to promote school inclusion. Therefore, educators must understand how it works and look for the right tools when they decide to implement it.
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