Summit Q & A: What are "Power Focus Areas"?
Monday, October 22, 2018
Question: What are “Power Focus Areas” and why does Summit Learning use them?
Each Power Focus Area is a ten question quiz a student must pass to show content knowledge related to a specific course. Each course is made up of multiple Power Focus Areas, and each Power Focus Area has a number of multimedia resources for a student to learn from so that they pass the ten question quiz. A student may take the Power Focus Area Content Assessment as many times as they need to pass it (by scoring at least 8/10); however, if a student fails an assessment more than a few times, his or her teacher or mentor will intervene to help him/her determine how to move forward.
A full description of Power Focus Areas can be found here.
Students need to have foundational content knowledge of a subject. For example, they need to know the causes of the American Revolution before they can complete a Project where they make a presentation that argues whether or not the war was necessary.
All students learn in different ways, so Power Focus Areas give students multimedia resources to choose from so that they are learning in the way that is best for them.
Before Summit Learning, if a student didn’t pass a quiz, they would just forget it and move on to the next thing without actually learning the content or being held responsible for their work habits.
Learning science has shown that a large percentage of learning happens in letting students persist through struggles and challenges.