The iZone's School of One was created to generate bold, effective and transformative changes in the classroom to better meet the needs of today's students. Our first major engagement is a full-time math program in several New York City public middle schools. Read below to learn why — and how — School of One reimagines teaching and learning.
Each student comes to the classroom with a unique profile of abilities, knowledge and interests. Some do better when they can first try to figure things out on their own; others do better when a teacher can first provide an explanation. Some do best when they learn in groups; others do best with technology. Some are far ahead of grade level material; others are behind.
In today's classrooms, it's just too hard for teachers to craft an educational experience that meets each student's unique needs—even though there is a large and growing amount of high-quality digital and live educational content available online and from publishers. Developing an individualized plan to meet each student's needs each day is unrealistic, even for our best teachers.
School of One learns about the specific academic needs of every student and then accesses a large bank of carefully reviewed educational resources, using sophisticated technology to find the best matches among students, teachers, and resources.
Because we cannot know for certain the time it will take for a given student to master each concept, School of One's learning algorithm takes up-to-date data about students and available materials, and creates a unique schedule for every student, every day. This way, individual students are moved ahead only after they've demonstrated mastery.
To make personalization possible, School of One operates in large spaces that enable different ways of learning to happen simultaneously — some students work with teachers, some with tutors, some work independently with books and computers, and some work in small groups. Because multiple skills can be taught in different parts of the space at the same time, every student is free to work at his or her own pace.