How does the Yindyamara model differ from the "traditional" School model?:
- Alternative learning model
- We empower our learners
- Student lead conferences
- Personal and professional development for our Practiced Learners (known as Teachers in the Traditional model)
In order to meet increasing demand for flexible, creative, relatable, and team-oriented personnel in the entrepreneurial or employee space an alternative learning model is required.
Our approach to learning is more holistic than traditional schools. We assist our learners to become self-directed and self-regulated with a focus on mastery. We do this using learning methods adapted from the scientific research so that our learners are able to achieve their full potential.
How we are similar to Schools who follow the traditional model?:
We believe in a robust curriculum in order for our learners to meet demands of future employers. In addition to rare but valued skills such as communication, conflict resolution, and empathy (to name just a few); academic rigor is intrinsically woven into fun yet challenging lesson plans. However, we get to know our learners on a personal level and are qualified to better tailor learning goals to maximize motivation and engagement, which in turn leads to greater retention, ability, and confidence.
Is Yindyamara an “approved” school?
Yes. Yindyamara exceeds all compulsory education requirements for the state of Colorado. We ensure that your child’s attendance at Yindyamara fulfills all state educational requirements.
Can my child access public school district resources whilst attending a private / independent school such as Yindyamara?
Private school students usually have access to some public school resources. The superintendent of each school district has authority over granting services to students enrolled in independent schools. Please contact your local school district superintendent to learn more.
What kind of learner is likely to get the full benefit of Yindyamara's model?
Learners with the attitude, and support of his / her family, to learn and develop within a safe and encouraging community to reach his or her full potential.
What is a 'PL'?:
PL's are 'Practiced Learners': As the title implies they have previously learned and practiced the information they are teaching but the name is deliberately unassuming to emphasize that there is no upper status in learning as the only thing necessary for a learners to become 'practiced' is to do so.
Discipline a.k.a. Opportunities for learning:
We believe every action of the learner is an opportunity for learning - that is why we are in a learning environment after all! Therefore we don't support traditional disciplinary action. Instead we improve communication skills, work on conflict resolution, and empathy. Drawing attention to emotions and self regulation skills. On extremely rare occasions we may require exclusion for activities if the safety, and or participation, of other learners is considerably interrupted continuously without evidence of improvement but this is only under se
specific circumstances and after working plans have been implemented over a period of time.
We believe all learners have special needs when it comes to learning. While it is our future goal to cater for the needs of Individuals which require more specialized attention we are not yet equipped to do so. But please check back regularly to find out when we do!
What do we discourage or limit?:
- Standardized testing: research has shown that standardized testing is not only limited in its ability to show accurate learner skill levels they can also be detrimental towards a learners attitude, mental health, and well being; as well as reduce the scope of learning opportunities. As a result we have conscientiously pursued other means of progress tracking and test readiness.
- Labeling: We avoid labels on our learners within our Learning Sphere. By labeling our learners we limit the scope of the learning to that label. If we call them 'Advanced' we limit their ability to fail, if we call them 'challenged' we reduce their potential to prove otherwise. While labeling behavior can be beneficial we are careful not to overuse or misdirect such labels should it become detrimental and unhelpful.
- Bullying aka 'misdirected sadness and / or pain': 'Bullying' often stems from deep seated pain and thus participants will receive extra attention in order to identify the underlying root(s) of the difficulty).
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