Saturday, December 7, 2019

Personalized Learning

I read an article last week about personalized learning in K-12.  The article discusses how one school is attempting to use time management software and digital tasks to allow students to work at their own pace to learn material.  The school monitors students to make sure they stay on a reasonable time table, but if they are on track, students begin learning self-regulation at a much earlier age.  This is a skill many of our law students need.

The article's main topic was that personalized learning is hard i the K-12 context though due to time constraints.  Other schools aren't implementing these strategies because they aren't practical.  School days and academic calendars make self-regulation difficult.  State standardized tests mandate certain outcomes by certain dates.  Time constraints prevent more schools from promoting this self-regulation.

I think the bar exam promotes a similar problem.  Students should be able to learn the material for the bar at their own pace.  If they need more time because they are working, then they should be allowed more time to study.  However, the exam is not setup that way.  The exam is only administered twice a year, and if a student is not on the NCBE timetable, then they risk not passing.  The time constraints of the bar dampen student autonomy.  The lack of autonomy causes additional stresses and difficulties for some students trying to learn the material.

You can read the article here.  It focuses on K-12 education, but we could use the information when considering our students.

(Steven Foster)

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