Rocketship Education is a non-profit public charter school system that is designed to thrive in lower-income neighborhoods where quality public schools are not available. The program is designed to place focused learning experiences before children so that they can learn at their own pace with specialized guidance along the way.
Students are called “Rocketeers” and they learn at their own pace with help along the way. Traditional instruction that places all students in the same room is cumbersome at best because some students are way ahead of the teacher, some never quite get started, and fall way behind, and many are somewhere in the middle. Traditional teaching almost seems to be for the convenience of the system rather than for the good of the students.
Students learn differently according to the student because one-size-fits-all learning methods really become hit and miss learning. Rocketship education does utilize some traditional learning methods, but it is combined with technology and tutoring sessions to be sure the student is tracking according to his or her style.
Students embrace technology because that is something that they are already used to. They already know, in most cases, how to use devices such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer. They learn very quickly with this technique such things as rote study, math, and repetitive skills.
The blended learning experience seems to be ideal for the students because it takes the peer pressure off of the student. Each individual student has his or her learning style and the Rocketship method of personalized instruction matches a student’s style of learning perfectly. This is something that a traditional school cannot match.
The tutoring serves as reinforcement and positive feedback for what they have learned and the tutor can monitor the quality and comprehension of what is being learned by the student.
Rocketship Education develops a cooperative effort between parents and teachers. First, the hiring and support of excellent teachers are a given. Teachers play an important role in the process and the hiring of excellent teachers is vital. The development of parents as leaders and support personnel is a big deal. Not only do parents know what is going on, the students see the involvement and are motivated by that.