The Phoenix Academy teaching methods are guided by the philosophy of individualizing education to meet the needs of all students. The processes used to accomplish this are;
1. Data-Driven Decision Making (DDD): We use data about how a student is progressing to create individualized lessons based on that information.
2. Daily 5 for reading and Daily 3 for math: A research backed process that maximizes engagement and small group instruction with the teacher.
3. Mastery Learning: When students are not successful in a given lesson or unit, we re-teach and re-assess until students are successful.
4. Art Integration: Proven to reduce boredom, increase critical thinking, motivation and a variety of other 21st century skills.
Phoenix Academy teachers will use data gathered frequently from student assessments(formal and informal) and develop small group or individualized lessons to go back and re-teach concepts until all students have learned or mastered the topic (mastery learning). In some cases, this process will be used to plan advanced lessons or projects (enrichment) for advanced students needing more challenging work. This practice helps to ensure that all students are learning a standard prior to advancing on in the curriculum. This is especially important in topics of math and science where success in one standard is often dependent upon how well a student has mastered previous ones. For example, we want to make sure that students have mastered the topic of adding and subtracting fractions before they move on to multiplying and dividing fractions. In order to support mastery learning in the classrooms, Phoenix Academy teachers use a rotation - based teaching methodology (similar to daily 5) allowing students to be more active with the curriculum, receive individualized attention from the teacher and work in groups with students at similar academic levels. Regular small-group and individualized learning may occurs daily as needed. Small group and individualized learning benefits all students, including those who are advanced and may become bored easily in class. Within this highly supportive classroom design, advanced students can also work in small groups or individually on enrichment projects designed around their particular interests.