The Myth of the Average Learner

What do we design classroom learning for? Or perhaps we should be asking WHO we design classroom learning for.

What is our image of the learner?

Shifting the image of the learner 

Good learning design isn’t possible without thinking through all the ways our learners vary. When we consider the wide variation in foot size; when we consider how many different strategies are used by people who are exceptional at solving a Rubik’s Cube, we have to wonder why we think all children in our classrooms will be successful in exactly the same way.

Diversity is an asset. In our practice, do we focus on the individual? Do we value the edge dwellers in the room? Do we plan for building the capacity for innovation?

The Myth of Average hurts us, because the learning experiences, focused on the average, hurt most kids.

Featured Image by Charles 🇵🇭 on Unsplash

Thanks to Allison Tucker for sharing learning about Universal Design for Learning with our Phase One Schools today.

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