Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Theology of Personalized Learning

Regular readers of this blog know that I am an advocate for personalized learning and that I lead Lights Academy at Lutheran High School, an accelerated, project based, personalized learning experience at our school. While I very much believe in this model, I don't know if I have ever articulated why I believe that approach fits Lutheran theology.

Personalized learning provides the students to build upon their God-given interests and passions -- personal gifts that are unique to each of us for further service in God's Kingdom. Take a look at 1 Peter 4:10:

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.

The establishment of a personalized learning approach within the classroom is more than simply helping students apply their interests and passions to the learning process. It is about empowering the Holy Spirit to work through each student as they apply the gifts God has given them to His service, being faithful stewards of these gifts.

Personalized learning is not about personal empowerment and self-glory. Rather, it is about a focused preparation for present and future service to our Lord. That is why the theology of personalized learning is so important.

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