Friday, March 27, 2015

A Peek Into Personalized Learning Time and Mentor Check-Ins

“I know when I’m ready to take a content assessment when I pass the diagnostic assessment and can teach it to another person.” Summit student

During Personalized Learning Time (PLT), students focus on mastering the content knowledge (facts and information) they need to apply to their projects during Project Time and become college ready. Students work at their own pace and learn how they best learn through diverse learning resources (videos, text, audio, exercises) on an online playlist. They may also attend teacher-led workshops, get 1:1 teacher support, or be tutored by a peer. Students self-direct their learning with the support of their teachers so they learn how to learn and become confident in their ability to tackle any challenge.

"PLT gives students a time to learn self-directed learning skills and get feedback on these skills in real time." Ava Petrash, Summit teacher

"PLT helps me learn because I'm able to work through what I know and if I truly get stuck I can ask questions from peers and teachers." Nitasha K., Summit student

One of the key supports for students is their mentor. Each student is assigned a teacher mentor who is the student’s coach, college counselor and advocate, and supports them to excel both inside and outside the classroom. The mentor and student meet 1:1 each week to discuss both challenges and success as well as goals and plans for the following week. The mentor coaches the student to take responsibility over their own success by setting and meeting personal goals. One of our Summit Shasta mentors shares in the above video how he supports students in completing their projects and playlists during their 1:1 check-ins.

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