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Jan 5, 2017

Sam J. Brooks
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  • Sherre Vernon, Jan 9, 2017

    Hello Sam,

    Thrive opened with the plan to provide personalized learning to all of our students, so we didn't have an internal shift of priorities.  This intentional start, however, came from working in traditional school settings, seeing some students held back in their learning and others unable to catch up to their peers.  We took a hard look at the fact that we've been doing school pretty much the same way since the onset of the industrial revolution, despite the fact that our students' needs have changed drastically. Personalized learning also lets us capitalize on student voice and choice. As we know as adults, the more agency we have over our experiences, the more likely we are to buy into them.  We believe that the same goes for students.  

    Sherre

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  • Kenneth Grover, Jan 12, 2017

    After soliciting feedback from our students, it was clear that our assumptions about the traditional industrialized model of education does not work. Our moral imperative to act became evident--so we did!

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Jan 5, 2017

Sam J. Brooks
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  • Bailey Thomson, Jan 7, 2017

    At SPARK Schools, we made the deliberate choice not to implement a 1:1 in either our foundation phase (K-3) or intermediate phase (4-7) blended learning models.  In the lower grades, we use a lab rotation model and generally keep technology out of the classroom, up to and including smart boards.  Our students spend the majority of their time in relationship with their peers and teachers via guided work and collaborative work in the classroom and use Chromebooks in our Learning Lab for about an hour a day.  In our intermediate phase, we employ a flex/individual rotation and find that a 1:1 is a poor choice for both capacity utilization of assets, because there are huge swaths of time when students are working together or with a teacher and do not need a device, and that it limits their social-emotional development with peers and with teachers.  

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  • Kenneth Grover, Jan 13, 2017

    While 1:1 initiatives provide the necessary tools to personalize the learning environment, computers are still just a tool.  We decided to provide computers as needed for students to check them out and we also encourage students bring their own computers (if they have them). 

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