Right beside the proverbial Three R’s of Learning, you might place the three P’s as it pertains to students and their New Year’s resolutions for 2018.
Planning, procrastination, and prioritizing are three popular keywords when students are asked about their resolutions for this New Year.
A 14-year-old in Rwanda says in a New Times article, “Our teachers always talk about good planning. I believe a clear academic plan can be a cornerstone towards a student’s excellence. Use this holiday to plan how your year is going to be both academically and socially . . . set goals and stay focused.”
A New Mexico State University student, quoted on the school’s news site, The Round Up, says, “My resolution is to work harder on each individual assignment and to not procrastinate.”
Back in Rwanda, a 12-year-old states, “I can’t find a better goal than working hard and prioritizing one’s studies. I encourage my fellow students to embrace extra learning, work as a team so as to learn from each other and, most importantly, give more time to their studies.”
Whether it’s rescheduling your college classes to allow more time for fitness and simple chores like laundry or simply drinking more water and getting more sleep, all students need a little support and encouragement to achieve these New Year goals.
Schools, such as those operated by Rocketship in the U.S., believe that any goals or resolutions depend greatly on how they are greeted and supported by school staff and programs. Rocketship Schools cite three integral pillars to helping students reach their full potential.
By personalizing, Rocketship Education means tailoring instruction, content, learning experience, and pace to prepare students to achieve their individual goals or resolutions and full potentials. Rocketship, operating nearly 20 schools from California to Washington, D.C., hires content experts as teachers. These educators excel in areas vital to a student’s development and success in society—subject matter otherwise known as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), as well as a full dose of humanities.
Personalizing also means the incorporation of hands-on, team-oriented studies with creative and teacher-induced visual aids, all lending to the fun of learning. It cites studies showing that when fun is integrated into a young student’s curriculum, retention of class studies improves.
This approach infuses fun into the idea of succeeding with resolutions and goals—all the way down to prioritizing, planning, and fending off procrastinations.
This pillar consists of a team approach to learning – “investing in the growth of every team member to unleash their full potential in the classroom and beyond,” as the Rocketship website states.
Teachers are constantly referred to training sessions and conferences in this regard while students are referred to as “Rocketeers” who carry out their “Rocketeer Creed” of serving at home, in school, and their community.
Even helping students and parents recover from natural disasters falls into the purvey Rocketship’s devotion to the student’s community, as witnessed by its response to displaced parents and kids from flooding near San Jose, California.
Rocketship extended its team approach to finding resources that helped gain temporary housing, new housing, clothing, food, and other household necessities. Aid was identified for rent payments and even insurance deductibles.
This is the sense of community that Rocketship Education tries to instill in its students, so they can fulfill their roles and potentials as contributing community members for as long as they live.
Last but not least, Rocketship taps the energy and resources of parents to help champion their children’s education. In this paradigm, leaders are held accountable, whether principal, teacher, or parent. This is integral to enabling Rocketship teachers, who visit their children’s homes periodically to gain a firsthand view of their home lives, which gives teachers a better insight on how to customize their teaching approach to each individual student.
These home visitations also strengthen the parent-teacher relationship, which enables teachers to better articulate how parents can help their children learn. Parent-teacher rapport is strengthened by such home visits.
Resolutions and goals all sound good, but what about the metrics? The proof of achieving higher ground in education? Parents of Rocketeers know the numbers because these are part of the criteria from which parents apply to decide on whether to send their kids to Rocketship Schools.
For instance, in California, Rocketship placed in the top 10 percent of the state’s elementary schools located in low-income areas, according to state standardized test scores in 2016.
In another confidence builder for Rocketeer parents, SRI International compared student results over three years in middle schools around the San Jose area and found that Rocketship alumni performed a year ahead of other schools’ students academically.
Rocketship Schools conduct learning on the premise that team support and individual encouragement prove essential to a student’s ability to succeed with resolutions and goal-setting in all facets of both their current and future lives.