A Better Approach To Education


The Traditional Approach to Education: The Waterfall Approach


Background

The Waterfall Education Approach is the most common teaching methodology used in the public school setting.  Simply put, the Waterfall approach requires teachers to cover a block of lessons, give a quiz, cover another block of lessons, give another quiz, repeat the process until the end of the grading period, conduct a review, and conclude with a test.  This sequential block is then repeated until all of the required material is covered and grades are collected.  This approach can be highly effective where the body of knowledge is relatively small and students entering into this learning process are relatively even in their prerequisite knowledge.  For over 100 years, American public education thrived using this approach.

Present day schools systems have strained this model to the limit.  The body of knowledge covered by modern learning standards requires significantly more material to be covered in the same 180 day school year.  The standards are necessary to create world competitive graduates, but the present new classroom challenges. Teachers must move through a vastly more complicated body of material that leaves little time for remediation for those students who fall behind. Time constraints on the teacher make it impossible for the modern day classroom teacher to give individual attention to seriously struggling students.  External pressures mean that the “water” must always move towards the waterfall.  

Benefits of Waterfall Education

In the past, classroom knowledge composition was more homogeneous meaning that most students entered a new grade level with about the same relative academic competency.  The complexities inherent in the Waterfall Approach, combined with the larger required body of knowledge, has created a condition where this is no longer true. The average teacher in a Petersburg school has qualified, under qualified, and overqualified students sharing the same classroom.  Teaching to “the middle” is no longer an effective strategy leaving teachers unable to fully serve all students. Technology makes it possible to enhance the teacher’s effectiveness by making a new teaching approach possible.

Why Waterfall Education Is Failing Students & Teachers

In the past, classroom knowledge composition was more homogeneous meaning that most students entered a new grade level with about the same relative academic competency.  The complexities inherent in the Waterfall Approach, combined with the larger required body of knowledge, has created a condition where this is no longer true. The average teacher in a Petersburg school has qualified, under qualified, and overqualified students sharing the same classroom.  Teaching to “the middle” is no longer an effective strategy leaving teachers unable to fully serve all students. Technology makes it possible to enhance the teacher’s effectiveness by making a new teaching approach possible.


Technology Enabled Education: The Wave Approach


Background

SchoolBoogy TMS makes it possible to use a Wave Education Approach to mitigate many of the disadvantages of the Waterfall approach.  The Wave Education Approach progresses through the annual lesson plan at the same rate as the Waterfall Approach, but the Wave Approach uses technology to enable students to continuously improve skill levels across the annual lesson plan.  Using a Wave Education Approach, students attend class lectures (remote or in person) where the lesson is presented. The student then reviews all of the lesson material for each lesson, completes practice exercises, and uses the self-assessment tool to measure progress.  After each self-assessment, an individual Learn Plan is generated by the system.  A Learning Plan is a digital report that shows lesson performance and provides links to the relevant material a student would need to review to achieve mastery. Students self-assess as often as they need to, providing up to the minute feedback on progress.  Additionally, teachers have assessed to each students Learning Plan and can see what material the student has viewed, when viewed, as well as score changes after Learning Plan completion. Throughout the Lesson Plan year, Learning Plans point to specific curricula content making it possible for students to access targeted remedial material on demand.   

Why Wave Is More Effective Than Waterfall Education

The Wave Approach allows students to cover the material required by the standards of learning while adding a layer of individualized learning.  More importantly, access to guided multimedia digital curricula empowers students to engage in learning where and when needed the most.  The most reported cause of high school dropout is caused by students feeling like they are too far behind to catch up.  SchoolBoogy TMS essentially provides a student with a virtual private tutor. The student will have a clear path to continuous improvement.  Learning assignments and practice exercises use the principles of Long-Term Potentiation by automatically generated practice sheets and homework that deliver the relevant material using interval-based repetition.

SchoolBoogy TMS comes in three editions. The Teacher’s Edition provides advanced teaching tools and technology.  Student Editions delivers a complete learning environment for students.  Parent Editions gives parents access to all of the students’ learning material, assessment status, and teacher communications. 

The Science of Why Teacher-Centered Education Is More Effective

The Wave Approach allows students to cover the material required by the standards of learning while adding a layer of individualized learning.  More importantly, access to guided multimedia digital curricula empowers students to engage in learning where and when needed the most.  The most reported cause of high school dropout is caused by students feeling like they are too far behind to catch up.  SchoolBoogy TMS essentially provides a student with a virtual private tutor. The student will have a clear path to continuous improvement.  Learning assignments and practice exercises use the principles of Long-Term Potentiation by automatically generated practice sheets and homework that deliver the relevant material using interval-based repetition.