One of the key tools of the Access Consciousness® approach is showing kids how to access their knowing and to give them the awareness that they always have choice. Choice creates. Using questions that bring a child to a new awareness is much more empowering than giving them answers. At the Access Possibilities School, we give kids information, we ask them what they like and what they know, and we let them choose.
Kids will not made to do something they don’t want to do. They are asked to look at what they are choosing and see if it is really working for them. We work with them to help them see that other possibilities are available, so they can choose again. It’s not about giving them options of what is right or wrong but showing them that choice creates; and letting them choose.
At the Access Possibilities School, the teachers write the curricula so it is developmentally and age appropriate and so that it can be taught to a wide variety of learners. The Virtual Classroom software is interactive. For example, students can upload art projects and show each other their drawings. The teacher can put the kids in smaller groups, called Break Out Rooms, so they can talk to each other, share their work and do projects as a group. And, the classes are recorded, which allows students to go back and have another look at something they’re not quite sure of, or simply would like to see again.
Teachers can easily put different groups of students together to create empowering learning situations for them. For example, by grouping kids who excel with kids who struggle they learn to become leaders, they learn about kindness, they learn about gifting and receiving. By putting kids together to work on a project as a group they learn to create together, they can make friends and practice social skills that are so important developmentally. And, they get to do it in different places, not only in their country, but all around the world.
And, for students who have been homeschooled, at Access Possibilities School, we are able to collaborate with families and provide them with a personalized curriculum to facilitate their child’s learning. This allows parents not to have to become experts in every subject.
Our students have a variety of needs that can easily be met by The Access Possibilities School.
- Flexibility with regards to schedule.
- An asynchronous approach, which means that there is flexibility with regards to the pace at which they learn, so they can accelerate in some subjects and spend more time in others, if required.
- Non-linear approaches to learning.
- Additional support for their current school program.
- Having more of a say in how they are taught and in what they learn.
- Different assessment tools, for example, project based assessment and portfolio based assessment, in addition to test based assessment tools.
- Course recovery (for students who are failing and who require a particular course in order to graduate/move to the next grade.)
How is Access Possibilities School Different?
Interactive Virtual Classroom
The technology we have secured for the delivery of the online classes is housed in a software platform, specific to K-12 schools. We chose to work with Haiku Learning, a company that has created an online academic environment that is delightful, user friendly, cutting edge and highly regarded both within the industry and by schools alike.
In addition, we are excited to announce that Access Possibilities School offers a state-of-the-art Virtual Classroom, utilizing Zoom for a truly interactive classroom environment. The virtual classroom is integrated with the Haiku software platform that acts as a home room for students.
Successful virtual learning programs extend beyond students sitting in front of computers. Actual learning occurs through student-teacher interaction, multi-dimensional content and lots of hands-on activities. Zoom is a leading edge, multi-dimensional, virtual environment that transforms virtual training and virtual learning from passive listening to active, personalized learning. The Zoom platform features interactive multimedia sharing, participant engagement tools and a reporting mechanism to effectively assess each class.
The combination of these two cutting edge technologies offers students the ability to attend a school that is interactive on a global scale, and not limited to their local community. Students from around the country and around the world can see each other and work collaboratively on projects. And, unlike other online schools, students can have daily contact with their teachers and with each other.
Non Judgmental Environment
One elementary school teacher recently told us that she quit teaching elementary school because, “Classroom management (getting kids to settle/behave, supervising breaks, general discipline) took up 75% of my time, and the way the school told us to manage the kids was by manipulating them into believing they were bad if they didn’t act the way the school expected them to act. I couldn’t do it, and, besides, it didn’t work.” Classroom management will not be an issue for the teacher in an online school.
The environment of the Access Possibilities School is based on not judging kids or making them wrong for being different or telling them they are “bad.” Another aspect of a non-judgmental environment is having our teachers explore with kids what they can do, not what they can’t. Our kids are allowed to develop their own capacities at their own rates.
“I was concerned by the lack of desire my child had when it came to learning english and grammar, considering he loved math so much. I was so pleased with the way he has increased his math skills and the teachers encouraged him to realise that english and grammar were necessary.” – Anonymous Parent
Customized Lesson Plans
Access Possibilities School meet all relevant core curriculum standards, which are presented in ways that facilitate learning by children who might not learn in the ways that are traditionally taught in most schools.
Most schools tend to function from the point of view that there’s something wrong with children who don’t learn the way the schools are set up to teach. We know from years of experience of working with kids in a variety of capacities – workshops, private sessions, camps, and schools – the importance of meeting kids where they are and teaching them in ways that are easier for them to learn.