Our model has not changed. We use various models across our classrooms. Depending on the subject matter and the interests of the students, we can be flexible enough to make tweaks and changes as necessary. In order for our students to really be able to own their education completely, we have let go of all control and trust the students. Our use of various models puts that ownership in the hands of the students.
Our biggest challenge was having our guides stop answering questions. We enlisted the help of students to call out guides when they answered questions.
Be willing to try different things in order to figure out what works best for your environment. It is ok to get it wrong the first time. Same advice we give our students- It is ok to fail. Trying is what is important.
Acton Academy Venice Beach is an independent school inspired by the original Acton Academy in Austin, Texas. Acton Venice Beach believes that every child who enters the school is on a hero's journey and will change the world. Students at Acton Venice Beach take ownership of their education as they learn to learn, learn to be, and learn to do. Acton Venice Beach uses the Flex model of blended learning to allow students to take ownership of their learning and master core skills.
Contact: Dani Foltz-Smith
Contact Title: Founder and Head of School, Acton Academy Venice Beach
Acton Academy Venice Beach
2210 Lincoln Blvd, Suite 13
Telephone: (312) 498-9872
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