Rocketship Education is a brand new effort with an ideal concept that is working very well. Rocketship Education is a network of non-profit public charter schools that are situated in low-income type neighborhoods. There are no excellent schools in the neighborhoods that Rocketship chooses to locate in.
The model that is used for Rocketship Education is called “Blended Learning.” The typical model that has been used for the past 100 years in schools is the large classroom model where 20 to 40 students are crammed into an English Class for example. The possibility of teaching any meaningful subject matter in a 45 minute class period to that many students is small given the time that must be spent keeping students quiet and paying attention. There is great drama in most classes of any size and teachers spend a good bit of their time disciplining students who aren’t interested anyway.
Rocketship Education uses their model called “Blended Learning” which takes segments of students and splits them up into small groups, digital learning groups, and one-on-one mentoring or tutoring sessions. It is a proven fact that smaller groups of 4 to 6 students cause better focus and attention from the students to occur and the digital learning, which is individualized causes total focus to happen. With a laptop and a headset the student receives information in the same way he or she is used to processing information anyway from their games and puzzles.
The one-on-one coaching or tutoring sessions give students a boost in their self-confidence because the concentration levels are way higher than a typical large classroom environment. The student has the opportunity to solve any difficulties in a more effective manner with a competent tutor listening intently who is able to give specific answers to questions.
The bottom line is that students learn more effectively when information is focused on what is relevant to what the student expects. Students like to learn, but it is important for them to know what use that learning will be used for. Students have lots of questions that show their interest. That is why the individual attention with Rocketship Education works so well.