The traditional approach to education involves students in large classrooms, learning out of textbooks, memorizing facts and taking standardized tests. Is this approach successful? On a large scale, no. However, as education continues to change, more and more students and teachers at boarding high schools are realizing that a progressive approach to education yields higher success rates for students.
So what, exactly, quantifies a progressive approach to education?
Less Emphasis on Standardized Tests
If no two students are alike, then why are many students forced to take the same standardized tests? Instead of measuring all students against one criteria, many boarding high schools are replacing standardized tests with a more progressive approach to testing. Instead of issuing standardized tests throughout the year, private boarding schools are personalizing the test-taking experience to suit each and every student’s needs. The result? A more well-rounded approach to academics and a higher success rates among students.
Smaller Classrooms, Personalized Learning
Not all students learn identically; as a result, some students thrive in traditional educational settings and some students sink. Private boarding schools are making personalized learning a priority for students around the globe — beginning within their classroom. Some students are visual learners, some are auditory, some are kinesthetic and some are drawn to a reading/writing approach.
Regardless of which learning style a student identifies with, it’s important to recognize that every student learns differently. The classroom must be a place where each and every student’s learning preferences aren’t just recognized, but acted upon; otherwise, many students will fail to succeed.
Less Standardized Testing, Small Classrooms Just the Beginning
Small classroom sizes are the beginning of implementing a personalized learning approach. Smaller classrooms allow teachers to focus on each student’s educational needs without the distractions found within larger, hard-to-manage classrooms. Smaller classroom sizes are a beneficial step in the right direction towards a more progressive, global education that aims to see each and every student succeed.