Shortcomings of Group Instruction

  • Personalized, customized needs are inherently secondary to the group.

  • Timing/Pace is critical – we must get to point x by such and such a date or we will fall behind;

  • Discussions, questions and testing are always limited by time;

  • Limited individual feedback;

  • Don’t be sick, don’t miss class – this is the ONLY time that the teacher will cover the material;

  • Emphasis on adult-led synchronous learning;

  • Classroom learning experience difficult to replicate;

Common Obstacles to Academic Success in the Classroom

  • Instructional Methodology;

  • Class pace - too fast, too slow;

  • Peers;

  • Environment;

  • Prior Experience;

  • Mindset / Low Expectations;

  • Low Motivation;

  • Health / Absence;

Traditional Classroom Student Achievement

If the pace of instruction and work is similar for every student, achievement will vary.

If the objective is for all students to be successful, there must be asynchronous supplemental learning activities available to learners.

Mastery Learning

If each learner were to receive optimal personalized instruction and as much learning time as they require, then a majority of students could be expected to attain mastery.

Comparison between normal curve for aptitude and normal curve for achievement with mastery learning

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Ben Bloom's Two Sigma Challenge

The most effective means of learning would be a one to one teacher to student system.

In Bloom’s study, students who learned a topic through tutoring, combined with regular formative assessment and corrective instruction, performed two standard deviations (2 sigma) better than students who received conventional classroom instruction. In other words, the average tutored student performed better than 98 percent of the students in the traditional classroom. 

Aileron Learning offers supplemental educational services consistent with Bloom's objective to provide a one to one tutorial solution for students.