We use approachable personas and student characters to guide the learner through this lesson in an interactive, social manner. These personal stories and recorded dialogue create a rich narrative arch with the intention to increase engagement, empathy, and connection.
We have created lessons that give the learner the time and space to reflect on their own college experience, their habits of mind, and how they envision success. Students are encouraged to explore what skill methods work best for them. In doing so, they advance their independence, critical thinking, and metacognition by learning how to think, instead of what to think.
We recognize that the best way for students to foster skills is to actually practice them. Our lessons put the “do” first, as students actively develop skills by practicing various methods early on. After trying out new methods, the student reflects on their prior knowledge, and builds on their hands-on experience.
We know that all students can be successful, but we also know that each student will achieve success in a different way. Our lessons reflect this notion by utilizing differentiation. After practicing a variety of student success skills, the student reflects on which method worked best for them. By the end of this experience, each student will have a collection of methods they can use in college to reach their goals and foster success.