Diagnostics and personalization

Tools for diagnosing students’ abilities and difficulties

Traditional teaching is focused on the educational material. The conventional visual image depicts the teacher facing the blackboard and “delivering” the lesson, exercise or chapter in the book, while the students are expected to understand on their own and pass the test successfully at the end of the semester. This is a caricature of an “industrial” approach, in which the students who have difficulty drop out through natural selection, with only the survivors remaining in the classroom.

In order to assist teachers who are interested in taking responsibility for reducing the dropout rate, they require a different pedagogical approach – one that is clinical, meaning focused on the students’ learning. This approach relies on diagnostic instruments that teachers use to evaluate the abilities, difficulties, thinking and progress of each student in real time. Based on this evaluation, teachers may want to develop individualized goals and personalized learning program for each student, adapt their teaching and provide constructive, reinforcing feedback.

2018
Convening a Learning Process on Personalized Learning Plans for the Study of Mathematics in Middle Schools
Trump Foundation
2018
Training a Cadre of 15 Physics Teacher-Leaders to Coach 300 Teachers to Organize their Diagnostics-Based Instruction by Using a Technological Platform
Weizmann Institute of Science
2018
Learning with Teachers to Identify What is Needed and Feasible for Them In Order to Use Personalized Learning Plans in Middle School Mathematics Studies
MindCET
2017
Personalized Learning Plan Challenge: A Competition to Develop and Implement Effective Class-Based Programs for Individual Students to Reduce Dropout Rate from Five-Unit Mathematics
8200 Alumni association
2016
Professional Development on How to Orchestrate Effective Classroom Mathematics Discussions for 80 Middle School Teachers in the Tel Aviv District
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
2016
Systemic Implementation of Clinical Diagnostic-Based Teaching by 230 Physics Teachers
Weizmann Institute of Science
2016
Development and Implementation of 30 Learning Assignments Adapted to a Diverse Student Body in 300 Five-Unit Mathematics Classrooms
University of Haifa
2016
Systemic Implementation of Diagnostic-Based Teaching by 150 Five-Unit Mathematics Teachers
Achva Academic College
2013
Student-Centered Communities of Practice and Assessment in Mathematics and the Sciences
Kadima Mada
2013
Professional Development for Junior High Mathematics Teachers based on a Database of Typical Student Learning Errors and Misconceptions
Tel Aviv University
2013
Database of Common Errors Assessments and Adaptive Learning Objects for High School Physics
Weizmann Institute of Science
2014
Development and Implementation of Diagnostic Assignments for Tenth Grade Advanced High School Mathematics
Weizmann Institute of Science
2014
Prototype and Pilot Program for Digital Performance Assessments Tools of Advanced High School Mathematics Learning
University of Haifa