Inspiring Learning Environments
There is a pictorial joke that has been doing rounds for a few days; it has a bunch of animals like Cheetah, Elephant, monkey, snail etc as classmates. The teacher comes and tells them that they will all be graded by their skills in swimming, climbing a tree and running a race!
You may laugh thinking how the elephant would climb the tree and when snail would finish the race, but the reality of our education around the world represents this kind of illogical system.
However, in Sheridan county some educators and authorities have understood this fact and are making headway in introducing the Alternative education Arenas to cater to all kinds of students.
Different Students, Different Needs
All individuals have their own bent of mind that needs to be understood by the instructor to extend the maximum benefit to each student in the class.
A student may grasp concepts on Art and literature quite immediately whereas he/she may prove to be tardy in getting a simple mathematical equation. So from student to student the interest in subjects and time taken to learn the concepts differs. Over and above these, some students might find it simply difficult to learn in a traditional form of class and lectures. Fort Mackenzie and Wright Place junior High are two institutions in Sheridan County that provide the learning assistance to such students. The Screening of Students
These students are carefully screened during the admission procedure. They are interviewed and the board decides whether they require the alternative approach.
The evaluation also determines whether these schools will be able to provide for the needs and expectation of the student. So the process really goes both ways with the major onus of making the right decision on the board.
Teaching with a Difference
These two schools cater to those students who need to recover the credits and find themselves a misfit in the regular school. In their own words, the authorities have stated that these “Students are not troublemakers” but are interested in “getting educated by someone who gets them”.
The relation of teacher and student is that of mutual trust and this is the stepping-stone in these schools right at the beginning of the class.
The student to teacher proportion ranges from impressive 6-12 per teacher, which ensures a much personalised attention to each student, which is rare in our regular schools.
The way of imparting knowledge and taking lessons also encompasses unique and interesting methods. The majority of learning is Project based and is given in a very informal atmosphere.
The classrooms have a happy and bright feel with beanbags for chairs; simple steps like these make for a very conducive learning environment. The students are encouraged to give ideas and are involved in furthering the effectiveness of these schools. Projects like these ideas and sharing them with others are also made out as an English lesson and they are graded for it. So the students get to learn in a very modern, unique and productive manner without making them realise that they are actually learning and earning their grades!