5 Ways Learning Profiles Can Inform Instruction


A learning profile is a holistic summary of a student’s strengths and needs. To be truly valuable, a learning profile is going to be more than test scores and percentiles. A learning profile will include information directly from the student such as interests and passions.

A learning profile may include information about a student’s disability, how they respond to challenges, and the kinds of support that work best for them. It can highlight potential barriers to learning to help staff understand the student’s perspective. It sits beside assessment data to create a more complete picture of the student.

Here are Five Simple Ways Learning Profiles Can Inform Your Instruction

1. Strengths and Weaknesses

Learning profiles can reveal not only the areas of need but also the areas of strength, so you know how to design intervention lessons and instruction in the larger classroom setting that will set the child up for success. Learning profiles can point us toward appropriate and helpful accommodations and modifications such as providing a range of options for demonstrating learning.

2. Recommendations

Learning profiles will give you the best recommendations for student learning, programming, and approaches to use. These profiles can help teachers to recognize and remove barriers to learning right from the start. Teachers can use these profiles to maximize engagement by designing opportunities that build on student interests and selecting curriculum and content that will be accessible.

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    3. Flexibility

    The creation of learning profiles allows you the flexibility and time to create an inclusive learning space. It can help you build a relationship with students, but also provide you with information about ways to organize your classroom to allow students to participate and contribute. This may include classroom layout, alternate seating, and scheduling.

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    4. Communication

    This process also opens communication for students and families so they can find out what they need to help them succeed. With the support of those who know them best, students can develop a deeper understanding of themselves as learners. They can be guided through the process of reflecting on what motivates them and challenges them when learning. Developing the profile also allows parents to share important information about their child that may impact learning.

    5. Self-advocacy

    Learning profiles can also lead to a pathway of self-advocacy and empowerment. Students gain an understanding of how they learn best and how they can communicate that information to others, including peers and teachers. Creating a learning profile helps students to identify tools, learning materials, and ways of showing their learning that work best for them. This process gives them a say over their school experience.

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