The Benefits of a Flexible School Schedule
FEB 25, 2020
Students’ learning processes are uniquely individual. A classroom that offers variations in its approach to teaching increases the chances of engaging students. Students can only dive deeper into acquiring knowledge when the approach is right for them. To meet these highly individualized needs, a blended learning approach is key.
Blended learning moves away from traditional class schedules, where all the learning happens in a uniform manner during a set duration. It combines both in-class and multimedia-mode learning with a flexible schedule, allowing teachers to customize their teaching approaches to meet their students’ individual needs. Students’ learning experiences, on the other hand, become more personalized, and they can focus on their areas of interest while still meeting rigorous standards across all subjects.
Twenty-first Century Skills
Via a blended module, students may work on short, personal projects that are meaningful to them and would, therefore, facilitate better learning and retention. This also opens up more possibilities for them to sharpen their soft-skills and social-emotional learning – all essential tools for approaching university life and beyond.
Students can opt for video-based lectures or online activities to ensure they understand a topic properly. Watching a video, for example, allows them to pause at or rewind to a particular section when needed. Those who need more contact time with their teachers will be able to have the extra guidance as well.
ScholarShift® at Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City International School
Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City International School strives to offer personalized learning for its students. Its hallmark ScholarShift® program is a flexible learning method for high school students that focus on honing each individual’s talent and strengths, equipping them with the skills to become well-rounded global citizens, and helping them realize their full potential.
Regular classes of Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Modern Languages happen twice a week. Another three periods are scheduled for these subjects, and students can decide how they want to meet the learning targets. Personal projects and assignments let them take an active role in their education. Teachers, meanwhile, also become mentors, guiding students when needed and supporting them on their journey towards becoming independent learners.