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FAQs

Why PL at ELMS? 

Job Skills Needed - Five Hard and Soft Skills In Demand in 2019 - click here to watch a news clip that explains the job skills in high demand in 2019

Over the last few years, the role of education has shifted.  We are no longer preparing students to enter a workforce that is predictable.  Many of the jobs they will compete for do not even exist.  No longer are people competing for jobs within their community.  They must be competitive in an international job market.  A student's ability to be flexible, innovative, creative, technology savvy, and proficient with soft skills will be in high demand.  

Our role is to change the way we think about education.  No longer are teachers the number one source of information.  Students have access to information 24 hours a day.  How can we teach students to harness this information?  How can we help them gain the skills that are in high demand - critical thinking, creativity, technology skills, interpersonal skills, etc.?

 

How are students’ needs met?

Students are empowered when they are clear about where they are in their learning, where they need to be, and have a plan of action for how they are going to get there.  It is a teachers role to facilitate this process.  ALl students will work towards mastery of the Georgia Standards of Excellence; however, the process of learning and how each student shows mastery will vary.

 

What may Personalized Learning for my child look like on any given day?

On any given day, instructional methods and learning will vary. Over the course of the day, there may be direct instruction, then students may work in small groups or one-on-one with the teacher if they need additional support or enrichment on a particular concept all while having access to technology as a support tool or a means of instruction.

 

What’s my role?

Personalized Learning is most successful when everyone is involved. The teacher, student, and parent(s), and the community must all work together! We are building our community/world one student at a time.

Parent Role: monitor student’s work and communicate regularly with both the teacher and student. Ask your child, "What goals are you working on?"

Student Role: self-monitor, set goals, reflect on your goals, work towards standard mastery, and communicate with parent(s) and teachers. 

Teacher Role: facilitate learning, encourage behaviors that foster success, build a relationship with each student, communicate with student and parent(s) and monitor progress.