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Every Homeschooler Needs a Tribe

Homeschool Families Need a Tribe  “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow man.” -Herman Melville Back in the 50s when my mother was a young girl, she grew up in a neighborhood where it was rare to own a second car. Most of the families in her community were housebound as the breadwinner of the family took the car to work each day. My mom loves to share stories of her childhood. Each day at 5 pm, all the neighborhood families would gather under my grandmother’s large oak tree, coming outside to beat the heat and share life. Children would run around and play, and parents would gather on blankets and talk. The community built, connections made, and everyone felt they belonged. In today’s world, our culture has drastically changed. Modern conveniences have created a society where independence is valued, and a sense of community has waned. Because of this, many people live a life with a nagging feeling of loneliness, a desire to connect with others, but the uncertainty of how. As homeschoolers, there is a myriad of opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities, but in an endless sea of ever-changing names and faces, we can sometimes feel lost, without an anchor to a real sense of community and belonging. Here at Method, we know how important it is to belong, to be a part of a whole. That’s why we have created continual opportunities to connect within our Method family. We have so many amazing people within our school, and we want you to get to know one another, to establish friendships, to cultivate a sense of belonging and community together.
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personalization

Back to School Blues

 
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personalization

Evolving Pedagogy in Education Part 1: Focus on Personalized Learning

Evolving Pedagogy in Education Part 1: Focus on Personalized Learning Personalized Learning has been a highly used term in education for several years. Many schools claim they employ this approach to teaching and learning. In some cases, personalized learning is truly implemented and students experience an individualized approach to learning and in other cases, it may be a term used, but the implementation is hardly actualized.
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Data-Driven K-12 Education in California

If you've not been in a K-12 school in a while, you may not know a new buzzword associated with learning, called data driven education, or individualized, differentiated or personalized learning. What this means is that students are tracked, via data, on everything they do, including commuting too and from school. Millions of pieces of data are compiled about their study habits, what they read, their interests, hobbies
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Method’s System of Personalization: Identify, Diagnose, and Synthesize

Throughout the years, personalization has taken on many interpretations and implementations within the charter school space and more specifically, within independent study schools and programs. Most often, it simply translates into students taking online courses at their own pace (to some degree) either at home or at a school site or center.
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California and Data Driven Education

If you've not been in a K-12 school in a while, you may not know a new buzzword associated with learning, called data driven education, or individualized, differentiated or personalized learning. What this means is that students are tracked, via data, on everything they do, including commuting too and from school. Millions of pieces of data are compiled about their study habits, what they read, their interests, hobbies
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Personalized Learning: More Than A Buzzword

 
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quality schools

What Should I Look For? How To Pick The Right Charter School

LOTS TO CHOOSE FROM You probably don’t need us to tell you this, but there are lots of schools to choose from - especially with the rapid growth of charter schools. California is at the heart of the school choice movement, with well over 1,000 charter schools. We spoke with a parent recently who had a son at a well-known charter school in San Diego County. She was very diplomatic about it, but she made it clear that there were certain things that just didn’t work for her son at his current school. This mom isn’t alone. Nearly every day we speak to parents - and often students - who are simply not satisfied with their current school. In this era of school choice, there's no reason to suffer through a school that isn't meeting the specific needs of your child. There are simply too many options out there to choose from. But of course, all of this choice can lead to confusion and information overload.  Below is our best shot at a list for parents to consider when choosing the right school for their child. This post will focus primarily on parents and students considering public charter schools, although it could certainly be expanded to private and traditional public schools as well. 
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Taking Risks and Being Untraditional

How does a teacher become untraditional in a system that has remained unchanged for the past sixty years?  
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personalization

Curriculum That Adapts to Each Student

There is an abundance of technological tools available today to enhance and support our every need. As a school with a mission to utilize the most innovative tools and practices available to successfully support students, we at Method Schools have researched the best technological tools and practices available.
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