We’ve developed a learning philosophy that, from our perspective, engages students and encourages them to drive their rate of learning. The process is best explained visually.
Students start with a learning experience in the form of a Project. A mentor gives a small group (2-4) of learners a problem that must be solved.
While some groups may find early success, each Tiny School project is designed with layers of accomplishment. Inevitably, the team will face a moment of difficulty and failure. In this case, Fail is positive term, it shows the team that they are exerting effort to overcome a challenge.
Naturally, young people will Question why they failed, which will naturally lead them to Discover the core skills they need to get through the impasse. In our model, core skills (algebra, geometry, chemistry, grammar) are taught as part of a solution instead of a stand-alone lesson.
Once the team Learns the skills they need, they Practice and then Apply them to the problem at hand. The cycle then continues.
Note that there is a relationship between the following:
Fail : Learn
Question : Practice
Discover : Apply
Students learn to see failure as natural to the learning process– Failure and Learning are mutually dependent, as are the stages of Question/Practice and Discover/Apply.
We know that the Tiny School process will better prepare students, is more engaging, and will produce outcomes that matter (like the ability to collaborate and ask good questions). This cycle of failure and resolution reoccurs at all stages of life and learning. In everything from building the next great business to mastering a new language, we encounter this process in all meaningful endeavors. At Tiny Schools, we promote lifelong learning as an outlook that prepares learners to live an extraordinary life in an unpredictable world.