This video will give a good impression of the set-up of the first Steve JobsSchool in The Netherlands and the reactions of the management, teachers and parents involved:
The most important components of the Steve JobsSchool are
- Every student gets a teacher as coach. Every six weeks there will be a conference between teacher, student and parents about the Individual Development Plan of the child, to review what was realised in the past six weeks and determine the goals and workshop choices for the next six weeks.
- Every student has an iPad loaded with educational content at his disposal, 24 hours per day.
- Adaptive, interactive programs and Apps are used for practicing mathematics and language. In principle children have to finish a certain minimum exercises every day. This can be done in the Quiet Square at school.
- There are core groups of 20 to 25 children of different ages (usually 2-3 years apart) who start every day together.
- For the largest part of the day teachers assume duties as subject professional in studios, such as mathematics studio, language studio, creative studio, research studio, etc. In these locations the teacher will conduct workshops, gives instruction, organises children’s own workshops or allows guided work.
- Children on the same level attend workshops and subject offerings throughout the day. A part of the day is spent working independently in the Quiet Square or within groups in a project area.
- Adaptive math and language programs allow independent work and practise and saves a lot of administrative tasks such as marking. It also eliminates the one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. Teachers provide one-on-one or small group instruction that is tailored to the specific needs of the group or individual.
- Parents play an active role at school and contributes to the learning environment by offering workshops in their areas of expertise, their profession, their hobbies or their heritage.