STUDENTS ARE SELF-PACED, WHICH MEANS THEY ARE ON THEIR OWN.
Students are never on their own in their learning but instead expected to own their own learning. Students can be self-paced, but still within a highly controlled environment. This means that while students have free-choice, they don’t have free-reign over their learning.
THIS IS AN ONLINE SCHOOL.
No, this is NOT an online school. Because students have flexibility in the progress of their learning, an online learning management system (LMS) is used to assist and track a student’s learning and application of skills. The LMS allows students, teachers and parents to view the progress of the student at any time.
TEACHERS ARE NOT TEACHING ANY MORE.
Our teachers teach students all day. Teachers provide precise direct instruction, intervention, and enrichment to students. Teachers teach all students at all levels based on their needs rather than the curriculum pacing guide. Teachers are an integral part of the entire education experience, from leading projects to coaching students and guiding them through content in class. Instead of standing at the front of the classroom and providing direct instruction for an hour, a teacher may do several different activities depending on what their students need. They may teach content knowledge via direct instruction to the entire class, create small group workshops to help a group of students who have the same question or need, or provide targeted interventions 1-on-1 when a student has an issue with a subject.
THIS IS AN ACCELERATED PROGRAM OR SYSTEM FOR GIFTED STUDENTS.
This is a program for ALL students. Students from all walks of life, all learning levels, and all different circumstances have participated in this program with great gains.
THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY FOR STUDENTS.
A student will be held to a higher level of accountability than ever before in a traditional classroom. Unlike traditional classrooms where a student can move forward by doing the bare minimum, students cannot progress until mastery of the concept or skill is demonstrated.
STUDENTS SPEND MOST OF THEIR TIME ON THE COMPUTER.
Students spend the majority of their time working with their classmates and teachers on real-world projects in the classroom. They may access the learning management system (LMS) that is housed online to track their progress or understand their next checkpoint; then, they spend Project Time demonstrating the application of learning.
There is no set amount of screen time. Instead, students are empowered to use the Platform as a tool to support their learning, enabling them to access content in a way that meets their learning style and showing them their progress towards their goals.
MY STUDENT'S DATA IS NOT SAFE HOUSED ONLINE.
Protecting student data privacy is the top priority for both PRAXIUM and our district. The learning management system that PRAXIUM uses, known as Summit Learning, is a signing member of the Future of Privacy Forum's Student Privacy Pledge. They also voluntarily comply with COPPA and has designed the LMS to be compliant with FERPA. Summit Learning has access only to a limited amount of student information that our school (or the student) shares with them, and Summit Learning only uses that information to improve the learning platform.
STUDENTS DON'T KNOW HOW TO SELF-DIRECT THEIR LEARNING, SO IT'S UP TO TEACHERS TO TEACH THEM.
Self-direction is an essential skill for success in college, career, and life. At PRAXIUM, students are gradually given more control over their learning. This is not the same as being left on their own. With self-directed learning, students can move at their own pace and learn how they best learn because they have different options to learn the same information. They are not pushed too far ahead of what they are ready for, nor bored because they already know it.
Students have not only the support of their teachers but of a dedicated mentor who will work with them to help support and coach them towards their personal goals. During mentor time, teachers check in with students about their academic progress and provide coaching as students focus on mastering content knowledge to apply in projects. With mentoring and support of teachers, students develop the skills to set and achieve goals for their learning, becoming more engaged and more motivated.
STUDENTS WITH 504s OR IEPs ARE NOT SUPPORTED WITH PRAXIUM.
PRAXIUM was developed to support diverse learners, and it is ideal for this because teachers are able to easily personalize the work that students are doing and the content they are working on. It is also built to allow teachers to provide the necessary scaffolds and interventions for any student. All students on IEPs and 504s are supported in accordance with their plans. Inclusion students receive instruction in the classroom which is led by co-teachers: a general education and a special education teacher. Students that require small group services outside the classroom receive direct instruction from their special education teacher during Project Time and/or PLT. This year, students on IEPs and 504s are also learning more about their plans, including what accommodations work best for them and how to advocate for themselves. Teachers have received extensive training and coaching in various intervention methods and accommodations. These interventions can be based on academics, behavior, and student focus and motivation. Teachers work together to monitor student progress and provide interventions as needed.