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competency based learning

Let’s Talk Competency: Does One-Size-Fits-All Actually Fit Anyone?

Early on, children learned through exploration; and at their own pace Prior to the inception of a formalized national public education system in the mid-19th century, and since the dawn of time, children taught themselves through play and exploration, moving at their own pace…or at least faster than a saber-tooth tiger could run.  Kids discovered what interested them and took the time they needed to truly understand it.  Early neanderthal children did not all learn how to draw the same animal on their cave wall at the same time so they could socially promote through cave drawing basics alongside their same-age peers.

Independent Study

7 Smart Tips for Getting Your Child More Involved in School

You don't need to understand everything your child is learning at school to get them more involved in their studies. What matters most is that you're there to give them support whenever they need it. Students who are more active in school are often happier and more fulfilled. Here are some tips on what you can do to help your child stay focused, engaged, and happy in school.

parent teacher communication

Parental Involvement Increases Student Success

Seniors volunteering at the Riverside Food Bank. A trip to the LA County Arboretum. Walking through the flower fields in Carlsbad. Touring the USS Midway in San Diego. These are just a few examples of what Method students have been up to over the past few weeks. But what about the parents? Almost invariably, students enrolled at Method have parents or guardians who take a hands-on approach to their child's education. And they deserve time together too. 


Method Bears Basketball: 2022 Season Recap

To say the least, this has been a “red letter” season for the Method Bears 2022 basketball team. This amazing group of young men will go down in the Method Hall of Fame as the first team to ever represent our school in basketball, while positively launching the Method athletics program. Their hard work, diligence and character lays a cornerstone of achievement, affecting generations to come.


What is Curriculum?

Curriculum, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “a course of study.”  Broadly defined it leaves much to our own interpretation. With many platforms and approaches it can become overwhelming to determine if there is a “best” curriculum for your child.  We want to ensure our children are learning and not just passing through a grade, because ultimately the skills they master now will carry over into their adult lives.  How does curriculum come into play with learning and mastery?  We often hear the word mastery of content, which as educators is our priority using data and engagement for student learning.

Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education: The Future of School

The landscape of the American workforce is changing rapidly. Technology and automation are making many jobs obsolete, while new industries are springing up to take their place. In this ever-changing climate, it's more important than ever for students to have access to quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. CTE programs give students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in high-demand careers. Many of these programs can be completed in just a few years, which means students can fast-track their way into well-paying jobs. And with CTE programs available in a wide range of industries, there's something for everyone.


Autism: From Awareness to Acceptance

A Perspective Switch


What's the Point of Testing?

“What’s the point of testing?” Each year without fail, teachers and school administrators hear this question whispered in the halls when spring testing comes around. We hear all the arguments against tests – it takes away from instruction, it puts undue pressure on the students, and let’s get back to teaching. While testing can sometimes be thought of as a necessary evil, it is not without value. Effective schools use this opportunity to measure themselves. The achievement data from state tests help to measure our overall effectiveness as a school, identify underserved student groups, and show your student their growth every year. When used wisely, the CAASPP is an effective data point that can guide the direction of your school.  

Progress in Education

The Progressive Movement: An Enduring Inspiration in Public Education

The progressive era in education marks as a time period throughout the early 1900’s where the number of schools and students attending them grew dramatically. Some historians praise this period for further developing needed standardized educational systems and shifting practices for an expanding industrial society through vocational instruction, extending schooling hours and addressing the welfare of urban youth and other underrepresented groups. Others criticized the increasingly established system as one that was limiting students to a scientific form of learning and neglecting opportunities to nurture self-development, expression and creativity.