The popular model of education that has come to dominate American schools is overly focused on testing. Constant measurement of test scores against standardized results has overwhelmed the student experience – grades are understood to be the only result that matters. Lessons are developed with the sole purpose of improving test results. Some students will thrive in a classroom focused on test results, but many others struggle.
MUSE Schools approach each child as an individual, each with a preferred way to learn that will inspire them to the greatest results. The child’s input in this is invaluable, and the person best suited and most qualified to determine this approach and put it into practice is the teacher. The teacher observes their behavior and notes what lessons have helped them succeed, as well as what hasn’t worked.
At MUSE, the relationship between teacher and child isn’t top-down, with children following edicts handed down to them. The best personalized lesson plan is created by collaboration between student and teacher, as the child has a voice and a choice. The teacher is the one who is trained and educated to lead a classroom, but nobody knows how a student is engaging with class material better than the student. It is vital that their input informs, and even leads the decisions that go into their classroom experience.
This personalized approach lets teachers at MUSE focus a child’s attention where it is most wanted. For example, traditional approaches to math lessons might dictate that the class will spend one hour a day, four days a week on numbers. Some children will immediately grasp the concept, but yet due to the curriculum, they will still spend the four weeks in repetition of something that came to them quickly. While at the end of the unit, other children will still be working on the concepts.
The first group of children in this example has been idle for hours of valuable class time. Testing focused learning models would conclude the first group are successful children while the second group are struggling, and children would be graded accordingly. MUSE doesn’t accept this outcome. A teacher and child are sufficiently empowered to customize the learning in their classroom will identify which students have grasped the concepts and assign them to something else – maybe they need to put more time into an art project, or to practice a concept from a science lesson – and the kids who need more time with numbers can continue on that unit.
Fully integrated into the personalized learning model is the acknowledgement that students have different needs, and the teacher’s job is to identify those needs and help every student find the path to success. This is the educational model that will truly ensure no child is left behind.
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