What’s a Micro-School? Nano-School? Nano-Pod?
Over the last several months, Starling has been working with families and educators in the Seattle area to design home-based learning solutions for the school year. The focus has been “micro-schooling”. You might be wondering…what’s that?! How does it work? Will this model work for my family? Let’s dive in…
What is a Micro-School?
Micro-schooling is a very new learning model for parents and educators. There are as many applications as there are educational philosophies and operating models. In other words, a micro-school is what you make of it. At the core, a micro-school is a small group (ideally 2-5 students) learning together in a private setting. Typically, micro-schooling occurs at home or in an outdoor space. In this model, a professional teacher instructs with custom or traditional curriculum.
Terms to Know for 2020-21
Micro-school: Small, structured, home-based learning program. Usually led by a professional teacher incorporating core curriculum and technology. Provides cooperative-learning opportunities, peer-to-peer socialization, hands-on instruction.
Nano-school (Nano-pod): A flexible home-based learning approach. This model is often called a “pod”. Pods veer away from tech, preferring to engage in creative and/or experiential models. (Music, art, nature, etc.) This model is particularly great for younger students and may be led by parents in a co-op model.
Homeschool: This model has been around since the 70’s and is most often led by a parent. In the homeschool model students engage a choice curriculum, while still meeting the requirements of state standardized testing. Homeschool curriculum varies widely. Curriculum spans from traditional to the more interest-based “unschooling”. Homeschool laws vary by state.
During this time, Starling is working with parents and educators to design learning models that will work best for your circumstances. Our teaching network spans preschool to higher-level instruction. Our teachers are experts in a variety or teaching philosophies, special needs, language immersion, and experiential learning models.
Starling’s owner holds a degree in Elementary Education from Western Washington University. She has taught grades Pre-K – 5th, concentrating in special education, academic intervention, and curriculum development. Outside of Starling Agency, Mandie advocates for place-based science and art curriculum, as well as quality literacy programs for underserved local populations.
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