Reflective Learning assists learners in their academic journey by improving their ability in two critical foundational subjects: Mathematics and English.
The most severe threat to modern learning is our students' prevalence of learning gaps. This challenge has been around for a long time, and teachers have had limited success in dealing with it. The fact is that learners are falling behind and staying behind. This problem will persist in the future unless there is a fundamental shift in the teaching and learning mechanism.
When it comes to learning Maths, it's important to remember that each concept builds upon the ones that came before it. Think of it like building a tower with blocks - if you have a strong foundation, you can easily keep adding more blocks (or concepts) on top. But if there are gaps or missing blocks in the lower levels, it becomes difficult to continue building and eventually the whole structure becomes unstable. That's why filling in any gaps or missing pieces in your understanding is crucial for future success. It may seem tedious at times, but keeping those foundations strong will allow you to continue reaching new heights in your mathematical knowledge.
When it comes to learning, everyone has their own unique "missing blocks" - those gaps in knowledge that can prevent them from fully understanding a concept. This is where Reflective Learning comes in. By taking the time to assess and identify these gaps, we can then create a personalised, self-guided learning pathway to fill them in and ultimately achieve mastery of the subject. With this approach, both students and teachers can benefit and see a greater impact in their learning. Plus, using Reflective Learning allows us to address these conceptual gaps on a larger scale, empowering teachers to effectively implement interventions for their whole class.
We've done over 300,000 diagnostic exams and discovered that each student has a unique collection of gaps. We evaluate 81 essential foundational concepts that are required for future learning throughout seven learning paths. We can understand how far back in their schooling their gaps go by measuring kids at three levels for each topic - even if that's back to the beginning of primary school.
We target the gaps of each individual student based on their needs as indicated through diagnostics. Our seven learning journeys span numerous years of education to build incremental understanding in the most pedagogically reasonable way possible. We avoid the need for rote-learned methods by focusing on deep conceptual understanding and connecting knowledge in a highly scaffolded manner.
Learning a new skill can be challenging, and it often takes some practice before we feel confident and fluent. That's where the fluency games in come in! These games are designed to help students build crucial skills like speed and accuracy. And with multiple games now available, there are plenty of opportunities for practice. But it's important to remember that the learning process starts with understanding - another key component developed during catch up sessions. So the fluency games shouldn't be used as the starting point for students, but rather as a way for them to consolidate their knowledge and improve their performance. In other words, they're the icing on top of a delicious and well-baked academic cake!
Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.Abigail Adams
The English language is constantly evolving, and with the rise of digital communication, it's more important than ever for students to be able to interpret and understand the various forms of communication they encounter in their daily lives. At Reflective Learning, we believe that traditional English education should go beyond basic literacy skills. Our focus is on teaching students how to effectively use language through visual communication, oral comprehension, written comprehension, and correct language structure. We feel that these abilities are critical for success in today's society, when understanding and deriving meaning from language can have a big impact on one's personal and professional life.
Many students enter the education system with a limited understanding of language and its use for communication. As they progress through the grades, their lack of foundational knowledge can hold them back from fully grasping more advanced concepts. Research shows that on average, students are at least three to six years behind in their understanding of critical language for meaning principles. This can have a significant impact on their ability to interpret literature and effectively communicate in both written and verbal forms. Reflective Learning assesses learners across 40 key foundation English concepts, allowing teachers to identify areas for improvement and provide targeted support. By helping students gain a deeper understanding of these fundamental principles, they will be better equipped to interpret the world around them and continue developing their language skills throughout their academic journey.
It's no secret that language plays a crucial role in our ability to learn and acquire knowledge. In fact, almost everything we learn in school is presented to us through language, whether it be verbal explanations or written texts. Our academic skills are also demonstrated through written or spoken language. With this in mind, it's important to acknowledge the impact that language can have on a student's academic performance. This means recognizing potential gaps in understanding and implementing effective strategies, like Reflective Learning. By addressing issues with language and communication, we can set students up for success and raise academic standards across the whole school.