Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The Road to Proficiency-based Learning at Stowe Elementary
What does proficiency-based learning look like at SES? It is the cornerstone of our educational practice of instilling in our students the confidence and sense of purpose that will enhance their future life experiences.
All parents have the hope that their son or daughter will leave high school with the motivation and skills to embark on the next phase of their lives, whether at college or in the workplace, with confidence and a sense of purpose. The development of these skills begins at a very young age, as students gain the understanding that their own learning and development is unique and personal, and most importantly, belongs to them.
One of the key benefits of proficiency-based learning is that, through the strategic process of goal-setting, students take greater responsibility for their education, are more thoughtful and goal-oriented about the academic choices they make, and use their time in school more purposefully. Teachers and students at Stowe Elementary work together to emphasize the importance of student input into the learning process. At its foundation, students set goals and work deliberately and with serious intent toward mastery of those goals. Along the way, they receive assistance from their teachers and classmates as they conceptualize, practice, revise, and rigorously apply their approach in the problem-solving process.
While young students may set modest (even delightfully whimsical!) goals, we recognize that it is the intrinsic value of making personalized choices and the process of "learning to learn" that is central to this endeavor. In these first individual goal-setting experiences, we want to foster a love of learning that will endure throughout their lives.
To learn more about the additional benefits of Personalized Learning Plans, visit: PBL