Eagles work hard. Every week.
Want some proof? Since January each Eagle has logged an average of 1904 minutes on Khan – that’s five hours per week of activity. And since each minute logged on Khan comes with another minute or so of focus, it’s really more like two hours a day of intensive math.
Some Eagles are quicker on math; others have to put in more time to master a skill. Thankfully, every Eagle can move at his or her own pace. And Eagles help each other, as long as they remain in a purely Socratic mode.
Our middle schoolers are on pace to master Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra by the end of spring. Every Eagle. Not a passing grade of 70. Not even an excellent grade of 90. Mastery. One hundred percent mastery.
At this pace, all of our Eagles would be through Calculus by spring of 2014. Through Calculus. Before high school begins. (Yes, they’ll probably slow down. Still, a torrid pace.)
Here’s a shot of the Eagle Scoreboard, a compilation of their individual SMART goals, displayed for all to see. It’s a visual reminder of all the hours of hard work in various subjects, with each goal set by an individual.
Eagles work hard. So by Friday afternoon it’s time for an hour of Monopoly or Life or even a few hands of poker.
Games? Surely a waste of time. Absolutely, unless you are interested in critical thinking, mastering probabilities, learning about human nature or social skills.
Work hard. Play harder.