Working at Michigan Connections Academy has allowed me to make deeper connections on an individual level with my students than I ever thought was possible. The fact that I can spend a lot of my day working independently with students and getting to know students individually is what I feel education is all about, so to work in a school that not only allows but encourages this is an amazing feeling. I also love that we allow students to continue to relearn and redo work until they have achieved mastery. This really helps to develop the growth mindset in our students that is setting them up for success in their future.
Michigan Connections Academy helps students learn independence early on because they are responsible for working with their teachers and Learning Coaches in developing a schedule that works best for them that will keep them on track. Along with this comes the practice of time management. Also, they practice self-advocacy when reaching out or using the Book Me tool to work with a teacher on a skill they need help with. I feel we also provide instruction that is differentiated to individual student needs, which will help them to have the skills they need beyond school, whether they choose to attend college, trade school, or enter the workforce.