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Why 'uniquely personalized' learning?

It may be surprising to some to learn that our school systems, both here and abroad, were built upon foundations not to optimize learning but to standardize how we teach and test for easy categorization. Horn (2016), states:

"In the United States, the factory-model schools prepared students for the economy of of the early 20th century and helped lift millions into the middle class. In 1900, the majority of students would take industrial jobs and did not need a deep education; only 17 percent of all jobs at the time required knowledge workers. The fact that many students dropped out of high school, did not attend or complete college, or — more to the point — did not learn much academically did not cripple students when they left for the workforce nor did it significantly hurt the American economy.

But as countries are moving into an economy in which over 60 percent of jobs require knowledge workers, and we expect schools to educate all children so that they can realize their fullest human potential, it leaves too many students behind—and not just ones from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Put simply, standardizing won’t get our students, schools, and society to the next level. We need a system that is built for learning".

Horn, M (2016). "Why persoanlized learning is imperative". Retrieved from

The ability to learn is an innate process but like all skills may be improved through deliberate practice. Skills such as metacognition, critical analysis, self-reflection, to name a small few, are both explicitly and implicitly taught in order to facilitate an awareness of the processes of effective learning in order to learn self-regulatory skills which are desired by employers increasingly in the future.

At Yindyamara, we apply our experience in psychology to develop the "soft skills", a.k.a., "transferable skills", a.k.a., "21st century skills" needed for our learners to succeed in our future employment opportunities. These are "attributes that help workers adapt to new jobs, overcome obstacles, develop productive relationships with their co-workers and supervisors, and thrive in the workplace" (Appleby, 2017) which are quickly becoming preferable over knowledge-based achievements which are trainable in those that exhibit such qualities, but more difficult to acquire. 

We employ a learner-centered approach to optimize learning and retention. We are unique in that we do not resemble others using 'Personalized' learning techniques. Personalized learning has been thrown around a lot in the education literature so we would like to identify what we actually do here at Yindyamara. 'Personalized learning' is often synonymous with media heavy learning where learners follow a program battery on an electronic device such as an iPad or computer and are served up lessons based upon their resulting scores. 
While we agree there are some benefits to learning using technology, Yindyamara is careful to use electronic tools only where one on one instruction with a human Lead Practiced Learner (Lead PL) with expertise in human learning and development would not be more beneficial. We emphasize the need for 'hands on' learning and prefer an 'immersion' style learning approach; where students achieve mastery due to being intrinsically motivated and engaged.

In brief, we get to know our learners, celebrate their differences, and help them to discover pathways to mastery which maximize their learning potential and in turn develop their skills for the future. 

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