Providing Alternatives for Non-Traditional Students
“Your curriculum has really helped us engage students who struggled in a traditional classroom setting. We call them our modern learners. They are students with short attention spans. They wanted to be engaged in learning instead of just waiting for everything to come their way. Your program reached the students who wanted to move at their own pace.”
The traditional classroom experience is not for every student. Where some thrive, others never engage. They grow impatient because the pace is too slow for them — or they need more time and fall behind. Diverse student needs — varied levels of proficiency or different learning styles — may not be adequately addressed. Many students simply tune out because what goes on in the classroom doesn’t seem to be relevant to their lives.
High schools seeking new ways to reach such students are increasingly implementing GSN’s digital curriculum solutions to individualize instruction and motivate and engage students. In many cases, students are experiencing academic success in rigorous high school courses for the first time.
Digital curriculum from GSN’s makes it possible to individualize instruction to address diverse student needs. Students can progress at their own pace, taking as much — or as little — time as necessary to master the material. Direct instruction incorporates multimedia — in the form of images, audio, video, animations, and interactive elements — along with instructional text to provide students with multiple representations of concepts as well as address their different learning styles. Formative assessments help students to gauge their understanding and improve performance, while summative assessments chart progress and skill development. Unit-level diagnostics allow students to move quickly over material they have previously mastered.
Multiple Course Pathways
GSN’s digital curriculum is designed to support academic success for all students, including those who have not been successful in traditional programs. Foundations courses meet the needs of students who are not prepared for grade-level academic challenges and need to develop basic skills in math, reading, and writing before tackling high school academic courses. Literacy Advantage courses integrate literacy scaffolding to support below-proficient readers in mastering required content in high school math, science, English, and social studies courses. GSN’s Core courses meet the needs of a range of students as they endeavor to master rigorous content and earn credits toward graduation.