|Student view of the flex scheduler|
Benefits of Daily Flex Time
Another perk of daily flex is the built in opportunity to invite different guest speakers related to various careers and other learner interest areas. Recently, South View has welcomed a Minnehaha Creek expert, a documentary filmmaker, a sports journalist, a clothing designer/business owner, and chemical health counselor. The guest speakers have been well received, and there are plans for future guests. Other ways teachers use daily flex advantageously have been for music ensembles and combined rehearsals, grade level registrations, grade wide learner profile work, interdisciplinary units, student leadership groups and even swimming lessons. Our incredible student support staff also capitalize on daily flex time in order to run small groups around topics such as, stress and worry, new student experiences, high school 101, and organizational skills practice.
We have had over 20 schools come to see personalized learning and daily flex in action. The most common questions about daily flex are outlined below.
We believe the improvement in scores is in large part due to learners having the time to relearn, spend more time, or extend their learning during daily flex time. The system of daily flex has teachers thinking about how to give FAST feedback, what learning pathways are needed both in class and for flex time, how to use learner reflection (or learner profile) to guide instruction, and how to better support creating opportunities for rigor and enrichment. Daily flex time plays a vital role in forging multiple pathways and personalizing learning for all.