How We Help Our Students In The Classroom
Some schools have Tutoring Departments, assigned tutors, and tutoring schedules. They even have departments for helping students who are struggling.
At Fieldstone Academy, everyone gets tutoring where they need it, and everyone gets one-on-one attention. If a student is struggling in English, but a whiz at math, they will get extra attention and help in English to make that weakness into a strength.
Those who are already excellent students will be pushed to complete college courses along with high school, pushing toward a goal of finishing an Associate’s Degree along with their diploma. Those who are struggling with a certain subject, typically Math or English, will get tutoring in those subjects in addition to the regular time they spend on them, in order to bring those up.
Unlike those large schools with hundreds of students, at Fieldstone Academy each student is known, worked with, tutored, and assisted. There are no exceptions, and no one that gets left out.
Common Problem Areas:
We hear the same story over and over again from parents and students. Here’s a list of frustrations kids and parents have with school. See if any of them seem familiar.
- Students who are bored with school. This happens most often for the excellent students…it means they need a challenge, an exit from the traditional classroom into a world where they learn real lessons.
- Apathy–probably the most destructive of them all. Students who have decided that school has nothing to offer them anymore. Can be because they are bored to tears, or are so frustrated that they’d rather not think about it.
- Students who are impatient. They want to be done with high school, done with college, in fact, and nothing is moving fast enough.
- Students who “hate” English, reading, or writing. Doesn’t mean they can’t do them, but they “hate” them.
- Students who “don’t get” Math. They used to, in previous years, but now it might as well be in another language.
Any of these things can cause problems not just at school, but also at home. Arguments about grades, extracurricular activities, fulfilling commitments, can all point to something that is simply not a good fit for your student.
How It Works:
At Fieldstone, our students work inside a flexible format that allows them to work on what they need to, and excel in the areas where they used to flounder. With incredibly small class sizes of typically 2-5, a student can get all they help they want–and even more than that in some cases!
A student can work on math until they are too tired to continue, then ask to switch to Geography, English, or Biology. Our teachers work with them individually and in small groups depending on the needs of the students.
We are proud of the fact that we have no lecture halls, no classrooms that would even fit the typical thirty students you’d see in practically any other school. We are informal in our approach, but serious about seeing progress in our students. If what we are doing doesn’t work, we switch to a new tactic, until things start to “click.”
Then, when the schoolwork has them burned out, we switch gears and take them outside to go do chores. They go ride horses, herd cows, work in our underground greenhouse, or feed and water animals. In the evening, they typically go back to work on their schooling again.
Schooling in the way that works, healthy interactions with the outdoors, and they flourish.