Have you ever met a high school graduate who didn’t know basic grammar rules? Can everyone you know make a list of some of the world’s most famous classic novels?
Even though most high schoolers have been taught the same lessons, for many of them, instruction goes through one ear and out the other. Is there anything you can do to make sure your child retains learned information?
Fortunately, students today have options. From prep schools to online learning and everything in between, there’s a choice that’s designed to best fit your child’s needs.
In this blog, we provide an overview of a present-day approach to learning utilizing mastery-based programs. Our aim is to widen the scope of options available to you so that you can choose what’s best for your child.
What is a Mastery-based program?
Mastery-based programs (also known as proficiency-based learning) takes into account each individual student’s abilities. Classes are broken into smaller groups so that each child can learn with other students who have similar strengths. If someone thrives in a faster-paced environment, that child will be placed in a small group where everyone learns similarly. If someone needs more time to process information, that student will be placed in another small group with similar individuals.
Benefits of a Mastery-based P
There are several benefits to enrolling in a mastery-based program:
- Places students on equal footing. Everyone has different skills. Traditional classrooms focus on a uniform approach that can often make children feel like they’re not smart enough or that school is boring. By taking into account what piques a student’s interest and what they feel good at, everyone in the program will feel like they have something to contribute to the class.
- Discovers talents. One of the most fascinating and inspiring things in an individual’s life is to discover abilities they didn’t know they had. The positive feedback can do wonders in helping the student get a sense of direction.
- Builds confidence. Some people are fast learners, while others need to take additional time to fully understand concepts and new information. It doesn’t mean that one student is better than the other, they’re just different. By taking away feelings of inadequacy that may arise from not learning as quickly as a peer, students can continue their studies with confidence.
- Individualizes Learning. Each small group provides regular progress reports. If it seems that a particular student has a specific set of skills, that student will be given opportunities to hone in on them.
- Engages students. Since students learn at their own pace and get to sharpen existing skills or develop new ones based on what they find interesting, your child will remain interested in lessons.
Let ResponsiveEd Find the Educational Program That Will Best Help Your Child
At ResponsiveEdⓇ, we understand that each child has the opportunity to thrive when their learning environment caters to their individual needs. School should be an environment where the student is always encouraged to learn and where their potential is always celebrated. That’s why, at ResponsiveEdⓇ, we are proud to offer all of the above alternatives to traditional school districts.