Prenda Kids Learn Everything You’d Expect
The Prenda model is designed around our simple mission: to empower learners. That includes all the academic subjects (English, math, science and social studies), but it also includes problem-solving, communication, goal-setting, growth mindset, teamwork, self-learning, and creativity. At the core, we invite children to see themselves as a learner and build the confidence and skills that will help them succeed, not only in school, but in life. Here are some examples of learning tools and activities children of different ages will learn in a Prenda Microschool.
Math, English, Science, Social Studies… and So Much More
Think about all the things kids don’t learn in a typical classroom. Resiliency, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, teamwork… the traditional classroom was built to create rule-followers. Prenda creates learner-agents, empowered to think about their education, and the world around them, differently.
The Prenda Learning Model
A key aspect of the Prenda model is the student in the center of the model. School doesn’t “happen to you” here; learners take ownership for their education. Instead of a traditional teacher, adults in our model are learning guides.
Prenda’s model is broken out into three modes of learning: Conquer, Collaborate, and Create.
What about social skills?
Why does this work?
Computers and other technology can have a major impact as learning tools, but they are incomplete without in-person, human interaction. Blended learning combines the best of both worlds to empower lasting learning. (Summary from BLU).
Mastery learning allows each student to fully master each topic before moving on to the next one. Not only does mastery learning fill holes in foundational knowledge, but it also removes the psychological damage of bad grades, self-labeling, and peer comparison. (Khan TED talk)
Every human is different and learning is personal. Our model incorporates student autonomy to customize the experience, along with tools and activities that meet a variety of learning styles. (OET)
Interacting with peers has been shown to reinforce understanding of the concepts and bring subjects to life. More important, human interactions are profoundly motivating and lead to high levels of engagement and student ownership. (IgnitED)
Schools like High-Tech High have demonstrated the power of group projects to motivate learning and drive high-level thinking and effort. When designed to cross multiple subject areas and connected to the real world, project-based learning is a powerful way to cement the concepts and information absorbed in other learning modes. (BIE)
REAL WORLD CONNECTIONS
In countries like Finland and Germany, exposure to career options is a normal part of school. Cutting edge schools in the U.S. are catching on, connecting students at every level of interest and aptitude to people engaged in the modern economy. Students can benefit from learning about technology, business, medicine, law, manufacturing, trades, and other real world careers. (NYT)