An introduction to thematic learning

Law of non-uniformity

From own experience, every teacher knows that not all students learn in the same way, nor do they have the same concerns or abilities. Many times, school failure is determined because the student does not adapt to the system. In the world of sports, many reputable coaches openly say that their success consists in adapting the game or training system to the players they have and not the other way around. Therefore, the approach we make is as follows: Why not adapt the system to the student and not the opposite?

From our point of view, thematic learning is the best option to provide the student with personalized learning given that it is a very open methodology that aims to promote creativity and critical reasoning in students. 


A specific case.

In my class, all students learn a basic and common part of the subject, but when practicing, the most advanced students will carry out mini-projects that pose a challenge and a special motivation. These mini-projects are assigned to the student taking into account their tastes, preferences, etc. Sometimes it is the students themselves who present the project and together with the teacher it adapts to the criteria and needs of the subject.

Other students with more difficulties or less motivated will be able to do other kind of practices and exercises more in line with their level, in such a way that they do not lose motivation and do not feel disconnected from the subject.

Does this mean that the student must choose what to learn and what not? Not at all. The student should be able to decide and be responsible for their own learning. Later it will be explained why the student has to be responsible for his own learning.

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