Micro-schooling is the reinvention of the one-room school house, where class size is typically smaller than that in most schools (15 students or less in a classroom) and there are mixed-age level groupings. Generally, micro-schools do not meet all 5 days of the school week, and their schedules look different than a traditional public or private school. Classes can be taught using a flipped classroom approach, a form of blended learning, though not all micro-schools focus on technology in the same ways. Classes tend to be more impactful due to meeting fewer times in the week.
Our approach to education is a balanced combination of a variety of techniques, including facilitator-led lessons, student-directed activities, hands-on projects, & open Lab time. Our collaborative, multi-age, open classroom sparks curiosity and provides children with meaningful interactions with each other, real world tools, skills, and ideas.
"Whatever an education is, it must empower you to lead your own life. It must minimize your chances of being manipulated, of being made a pawn, of being an actor in someone else's play. Any place that claims to "educate" must give young people actual autonomy, help them develop actual competencies, and facilitate actual social connections. It must produce self-aware and self-motivated humans, not anxiety-ridden worker bees awaiting their next orders. An education is the capacity to author your own life instead of merely accepting the one handed to you." Blake Boles
Sparks is growing. We are always on the look out for people interested in learning more about the self-directed community approach to learning and teaching and other local organizations with aligning principles. Contact us.
The Sparks classroom is very different than the traditional classroom. We are a culmination of 20 years of experience in a variety of educational arenas
Spark Curiosity. Cultivate Community. Ignite Learning.