Hancock High School in Missouri says that the students will be judged by their work habits and engagement as well as academics in a cycle of feedback, reflection and revision.
The burden of proof is on the students to show that they have mastered the required skills and concepts to graduate. Each day, they perform a self-accessment about what they know and what they still need to learn.
The goal is continuous learning, or a growth mindset to empower students to succeed. The new learning philosophy is more common in New England helping two schools transition from letter grade systems. The reasoning behind this is that it reduces the stigma of “bad” grades and allows students and parents to better understand where they are in the learning spectrum.
Small groups of students meet with an adviser every Monday morning to discuss their needs for the week. Every day they attend targeting learning time for forty five minutes, where can get extra support or enrichment in different subjects.
As a highly sensitive person, I like this concept of learning and not have the pressure of getting graded. I’m not sure that I would get the best education. Is this the perfect highly sensitive person type of school? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.
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