Frequently Asked Questions
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In a standards-based, customized learning system learners are taught a curriculum of learning progressions that are aligned State and/or National required standards. These standards are designed to be rigorous and relevant to real world demands, reflecting the knowledge and skills graduates will need to be successful in college and careers.
The customization of learning leads to an educational experience, focused on the individual learner, recognizing that everyone learns in different ways and in different time frames.Standards-based, customized learning is often referred to as proficiency-based, competency-based and/or performance-based.
The vision for Mass Customized Learning is about the implementation of a school structure that makes it possible to meet the individual and personal needs of learners every hour of every day. Every day, every learner comes to school and is met at his/her learning level, is challenged, is successful, and looks forward to returning to school tomorrow. Mass customizing is not just meeting the individual needs of a learner or A FEW learners. It means meeting the individual needs of ALL learners simultaneously. Whereas other professionals work with one client at a time, teachers must work with 15-25 learners, at a time. Mass customizing requires that we challenge traditional grouping and time-based structures in which all learners are expected to learn the same thing in the same timeframe in the same way. This is a vision that we have always wanted but have been unable to realize for ALL learners. Today's customizing technology makes it now possible to meet the individual learning needs of EVERY learner.
Technology plays an important role in our efforts to meet the individual learning needs of every learner. There is some learning that is best-learned using electronic resources and, in return frees up teachers to work on more complex knowledge with their learners. Currently, we are using technology primarily to practice procedures or skills as well as helping to introduce new knowledge as teachers flip their classrooms.
Flipped classroom is a method of teaching in which new material is studied at home, usually online, and activities normally done as homework are done in class. It is the practice of swapping lectures with assignments normally completed at home so students have more time to interact with their peers and instructors during class.
We use a variety of online programs and sites to support the learning of our students. Some of those online instructional tools are: Lexia, IXL, Reading A-Z, A variety of educational apps for iPad use, Kahn Academy Lessons, Spelling City, Teacher Tube, Virtual High School and Plato.
A learning coach is a staff member who forms a connection with a student and oversees their educational progress. Our goal is to have every learner supported by a learning coach.
Everyday Math continues to be the core math program in our elementary schools. It is a resource our teachers continue to use to inform their instruction. Resources include lessons for small group and large groups, practice activities, journal pages, games, etc. We will also use other resources, both digital and print, to supplement learning.
Homework in a customized standards-based system should focus on a learner's individual goals. Learners will be asked to practice skills they are trying to get "good" at, develop a deeper understanding of past learning or interact with new knowledge.
A learning target/goal is a statement of what learners will know, understand, or be skilled at.
A scope of learning targets is the articulation of the breadth and depth of a specific Measurement Topic.
Unpacking is a process that makes the standard or learning target/goal useful by clarifying what is expected for learning through articulating the learning target in measurable language that defines proficiency. The process involves combining redundant statements and deleting content that is not essential or amenable to classroom assessment.
A capacity matrix is a tool used by learners to describe, document and track progress towards a learning target/goal.
A standard is a State or Federal expectation of learning for all learners.