Competency-Based Education: Rethinking Grading Practices

By |December 11th, 2020|Competency-Based Education, Podcasts|

Competency-based education focuses on student learning and mastery of skills, not seat time. Many schools have begun to, or have already shifted to this type of model.Students benefit from competency-based education because it's more flexible, and ensures that they really learn a concept. It's not based on a traditional model where students are required to [...]

PLCs and Flex Time: A Strategy to Meet the Needs of All Students

By |November 22nd, 2020|Activity Periods, Flex Period, Personalized Learning, Professional Learning Communities, Social-Emotional Learning|

A flex period, also referred to as a flex block, activity period, WIN time, advisory (and more), is something many schools have added or are thinking about adding to their school schedule. Why? Flex periods allow teachers to give students time, for extra help, remediation, intervention, enrichment, genius hour, etc. Essentially, a flex period is [...]

Genius Hour, Reinvented

By |November 13th, 2020|Genius Hour, Podcasts, STEM|

Genius Hour isn't a new concept. Schools take roughly an hour and allow students to work on something they really want to work on. It may be easier to do this in elementary schools than middle or high schools, when students are taking so many classes, where do you find the time? Some schools have [...]

3 Reasons Not to Cut Your Flex Period This Year

By |November 2nd, 2020|Flex Period, Personalized Learning, Social-Emotional Learning, Student Voice|

Teachers are stressed. Parents are stressed. Students are stressed. This school year has been overwhelming for just about everyone. As schools have done their best to try to navigate how to safely give students the best learning experience they can, they’ve had to make some tough decisions. In many schools this has meant paring down the [...]

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