Microschools are the Future of Education

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The future of education is here, and it’s called microschools! 

Microschools are shaking up traditional education models, providing students with an innovative and individualized learning experience while meeting the needs of modern educators. 

So why are microschools growing increasingly popular?

Because there are SO many unique benefits microschools bring to teachers and students. 

And I am proof. I was a guide for a K-2 microschool with 10 students. I felt like a trailblazer, a changemaker, and a real advocate for students and their desires for human connection and purpose. 

So join me as I venture into the exciting and revolutionary world of microschools. 

Let’s discover why this innovative education model is the future of learning!

But first, what are microschools?

Microschools are small schools or classes with a student-teacher ratio of 10:1 or less.

They are designed to provide students with a highly personalized and individualized learning experience. It is a blended learning experience where students utilize mastery programs on computers to learn in some core subject areas while collaborating with their classmates in other academic subjects. 

In addition to traditional academic subjects, microschools often offer unique courses and programs that cater to the interests of their students. 

For example, some microschools offer courses in coding, robotics, and other STEM-related subject areas. 

Another major perk for students is the buy-in through student choice and autonomy. This aspect of the learning environment takes their learning from passive to active in a transformative way.

Kids in their outdoor classroom of their microschool in Queen Creek, AZ.

So, what are the benefits of microschools? And how do microschools compare to traditional schools?

There are many benefits of microschools for students and teachers. 

Microschools allow educators to get to know their students and tailor the learning experience to each individual. Traditional schools often have to teach to the masses, but in microschools, teachers can create customized lesson plans and assignments that challenge all students.

Another big benefit of microschools is the focus on student autonomy and independence. 

In traditional schools, students are often confined to desks and told what to do and when to do it. 

But in microschools, students are typically given more freedom with their schedule and learning content. 

Microschools are also more intimate than traditional schools, usually with 10 or fewer students in a class, which can help build a strong sense of community. When students and teachers know each other well, they are more likely to feel comfortable taking risks and trying new things.

Boy using computer in his microschool

Microschools also use innovative technology.

One of the biggest perks of a microschool is the innovative use of technology. 

Students have a blended learning experience, learning online mastery-based tools and collaboratively with classmates. No matter what they are learning, technology is utilized to bring education into the 21st century. Students can easily learn and work from home and not miss a beat if they cannot be in the classroom. All they need is their Chromebook and a few notebooks. 

We are all familiar with the need to be more flexible with school days, having gone through a pandemic. 

I’d argue microschools are the most flexible and easiest to convert to a “work from home” day, week, month, or year when needed.

Microschools are the answer to education reform.

If you talk to your local teachers and read the latest teacher blog posts, the frustration and stress of our current teachers are reaching their boiling point. 

More importantly, our students are struggling emotionally and academically. It’s uncertain how much longer the traditional education model can survive, with the rising burden on teachers, the rising student behavior problems, and the lack of mental health support for both. 

Education reform is something school boards can no longer ignore. It’s becoming the norm for tenured teachers to stand in front of their school boards to give a powerful, tear-filled speech to quit teaching, not to gather sympathy and fame but to push the topic of education reform to the forefront of their priorities. 

These same pressures are why I left my second-grade public school classroom. Leaving my students was difficult, but I knew I wasn’t moving the needle with the traditional system against me. 

My microschool allowed me to connect with and educate students in a way that felt right.

Boys in a microschool hanging bird feeders they made during Create Mode

Let’s go back to that question that I asked at the beginning. Why are microschools growing increasingly popular? 

Because they offer SO many benefits. Microschools are flexible, safe, and tailored to each student’s needs. 

With all their advantages, it’s no wonder microschools are becoming increasingly popular. Many education experts believe microschools are the future of education. 

Microschools are already starting to pop up all over the country, in homes and shared buildings, and, likely, they will only continue to grow in popularity in the years to come.

So what do you think? Is this the future of education for our children? 

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