Learning Methods

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At Greenville STEM Academy, we embrace the concept of Competency-based Learning. Our educational model prioritizes student proficiency, that is assessed by mastery of knowledge and skills, rather than by allocation of time. Our system provides timely and tailored support for each student, ensuring equity for all. The competency-based structure fosters personalized learning, flexibility and support to ensure mastery in the classroom.

Key Characteristics:
o Emphasis on measuring learning rather than time
o Contingent upon mastering knowledge and skills

In subjects such as reading and math, we incorporate Direct Instruction programs, strategically designed to accelerate learning. We carefully control curriculum features and instructional delivery to enhance learning effectiveness. A standard lesson at GSA begins with explicit and carefully sequenced instruction, presented by the teacher as a model. Then, students engage in frequent practice of their skills with teacher-delivered feedback (guided practice). Finally, students undertake independent practice over time (distributed practice). This approach ensures a comprehensive learning experience.

Within the STEM curriculum, students are consistently presented with real-world challenges that compel them to formulate well-constructed solutions. Throughout this experience, students actively engage with technology, collaborate on research, and collectively craft innovative solutions to address pressing issues.