But it’s not just the technology that’s different. The school’s application said the model is based on personalized learning, with each child on a course of study customized to his or her level. They would just as commonly study in workstations, much like an office setting, Rayer said, where they work online and teachers would come to them as they need help.
The approach is detailed in the application:
Online learning is used as the basis for developing basic skills and concepts in all curricular areas.
Mini lessons are used to introduce new content and (state curriculum) standards for instructional units.
Seminars provide personalized instruction and intervention and the application and synthesis of learning.
Finally, demonstration allows for the evidence of standards mastery through problem solving, writing, and presentations. Students work on different subjects at their own pace and advance through mastery of the subject matter as determined by daily informal assessments.”
It would be a longer school day and longer school year, although Fridays would be a shorter schedule for students, as teachers use the time to go over data to plan and reflect on their lessons. The so-called Data Analysis Days are a trademark of the Mastery Charter Schools in Philadelphia.