Imagine a dentist that pulls a tooth without examining her client’s mouth first or a shoemaker that tries to fit your feet to the shoes and not vice versa. What would you think of a school that provides educational services without considering the uniqueness of each and every student?
The learning path is different for everyone; students’ characteristics and individual needs must be considered when planning a learning program. However, the concept of personalized learning should not be confused with tailor-made education. Initiatives such as differentiated instructions, the Flipped Classroom or project-based learning lack real involvement from the students in the identification of learning objectives, curriculum design or the election of evaluation methods. In all these cases, the teacher is the center of the learning process by holding the power over the content, form and place of learning.
Tailor-made education as we understand it at Sastre Académico puts students at the center of their own learning process by enabling them to have a voice on what and how they learn and transforming them into active agents. The teacher becomes a facilitator, helping students to identify the necessary tools to achieve the set objectives.
It works like tailoring a suit which is custom-made for a certain customer. First, measurements need to be taken which – in the case of Sastre Académico – means evaluating students’ learning style, interests, talents, academic background and previous experience. Each time students ask for a service, they must fill out a questionnaire which serves to identify their learning profile. Based on this diagnostic assessment, students’ abilities and competences can be defined, specific goals set and as a result, a customized learning plan established. Together, the teacher and the student can define the learning objectives and teaching methods adapted to students’ profiles and interests.