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Independent Study

Four Smart Solutions to Ensure Success in an Independent Study Program

Independent study in K-12 schools can be a challenging and isolating experience if not delivered with ample support and accountability. Throughout my years working within independent study, the need for personalized tools and instruction is as critical as ever. Expecting students, parents and teachers to be successful within an independent study modality is unrealistic without a variety of instructional practices and effective tools.
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teacher support

Connecting Student and Teacher to Greater Heights

Connecting Student and Teacher to Greater Heights What makes a student successful in education? What makes a teacher successful in building a connection with a student? There are a lot of factors contributing to this, but communication is key.
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Charter Schools

5 Steps to Selecting a School for Your Child

5 Steps to Selecting a School for Your Child Google “How to Find a Good School for Your Child” Look through the long list including the snippet telling you how to Google “4 steps to Selecting a School for Your Child.” Rub temples; headache is fast approaching Check Great Schools and get “GreatSchools: School ratings and Reviews” Try again after taking something for the fast approaching headache  There is nothing simple about selecting a school for your child.  Normally, we are not given a choice which school our child will attend.  We went to the school that was closest to our home and our friends attended the same school and each year we crossed our fingers and hoped our BFF was in the same class and our nemesis was not.
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Charter Schools

We Scrapped Our School Model. Here's Why.

Imagine for a moment a small mom and team that wants to open up a bike shop. They have a great idea, a product that stands out, and they're hungry. They see a need in their community for a more personal bike shop that sells high quality bikes and parts while providing topflight service. They know their business will benefit not just the riders in their area, but also the community at large. They need a business license, so they start by visiting their city hall to fill out an application and get started on the process. 
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Online Learning

How To Make A Successful Online School

My personal experience in the online learning space Over 20 years ago, I can remember being one of the first in my professional circle, pushing to implement virtual content in a variety of educational settings. I met this push with fierce resistance and many questions that I didn’t yet have answers. At the time we were experimenting with different forms of online and blended models and still had many features and details to figure out.   During this time, we were in need of enhanced tools and practices to better serve a homeschool population of students with diverse abilities and backgrounds. Additionally, we were in need of effective solutions for common pain points within the industry: serving mobile and distant learners, the need for real time data of remote students and the need to diminish curriculum prep time to enable teachers to devote all of their time on individual instructional time.
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Method Schools

Are We Just Another Charter School?

 
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Method Schools

Looking Beyond the Cookie Cutter School System...

Like so many parents we followed the masses of parents down the path of conventional education that has not changed in over a 100 years.  Enroll and entrust our children to mass-produced systematic academic program. Unfortunately, we were faced with great teachers in a poorly run school and bad teachers in a fairly good school.  During the beginning years of our son’s education, we found that this unchanged program had flaws that in the long run was a detriment to our son’s learning and confidence. He needed something that was individualized, personal, and unconventional.  During our search for a school that would help him get back on track and encourage learning at an individualized level while moving him along without losing him in the process; we discovered Method Schools. Method Schools is a public charter school.  Charter schools have many different formats and like traditional public schools have their own reputation.  Method Schools is a unique format that is a blended independent school program. We get the best of both worlds, homeschooling and personalized curriculum with integrated project learning. They have a unique curriculum that is platform based created by Method Schools called Smartfox.  The platform is UC (University of CA A-G course) and NCAA (athletics eligibility) approved. What does this mean for our son?  It means that he can work from home within a curriculum that is tailored to his individual academic level.  It means that if he has questions or gets stuck he can email, video chat his teacher/mentor and hear back from them. It means that he meets with his teacher through a weekly video lesson and gets personalized help on his lessons.  At the same time, we can attend onsite activities and meet with other students. Onsite activities include STEM, Robotics, PBLs (Project-based learning), and field trips. We are in charge of our son’s learning.  As parents, we are the drivers behind the wheel of his education.  Method Schools requires parents to be actively a part of their child’s education and ensure that our child is working daily while giving us the tools such as teacher support and personalized instruction to provide a constructive learning environment for our child. Looking for something different beyond the factory produced education?  Check out Method Schools.  http://www.methodschools.org/   To further personalize learning, check out our customizable and mobile-friendly online curriculum. Built by curriculum pros at Method Schools, we call it "SmartFox." High quality, low cost, and, as mentioned, built by a school, not a vendor. In 2018, we're adding projects to our online courses. Not only will our courses be infused with projects and hands-on learning extensions, but schools can purchase and modify our online courses and add their own projects.  CHECK OUT SMARTFOX
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