Personalized Learning Strategy:

Create Learner Portraits

NOTE: This strategy is part of the self-paced Customize the Learning Experience Course

Learners take stock of who they are – their strengths, interests, goals, & needs – and reflect on how, when, and where they learn best. They create a visual to represent themselves. A learner portrait can help learners become more self-aware, while teachers can use it to adjust learning experiences to leverage each student’s strengths and interests and better meet their needs.

Bright Spots

Gain inspiration from authentic examples of this strategy shared by teachers who have used them with their learners.

Creating your own Bright Spots? Let’s get them out into the world! Share yours here.

Student Resumes

Students at VIDA in Vista Unified, CA create 8th-grade resumes summarizing their strengths and interests

Learner Portrait Examples

Learner Portrait Prompts

Katie Martin shares prompts for students to consider as they create their Learner Portrait in her book Evolving Education


Inspired? Use the resources below to bring this learner-centered strategy to your learning community.

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Associated Learner-Centered Competencies:

Build Relationships: I invest time to get to know my learners and for my learners to know me. (Authentic-Spark Collaboration)

Provide Voice and Choice:
I design learning experiences that offer flexibility in process, product and/or pace.