Positive Learning Support (PLS) is based on many of the same research-based principles as Positive Behavior and Intervention Support (PBIS), especially a focus on data-driven decision making:
The most basic principle of PLS is that it specifies and delivers a Unique Learning Path (ULP) for each student. An administrator using ilearn programs said it best: “It meets the student where they are.” In other words, the delivery of all instruction, practice, and assessment is uniquely matched to the specific learning needs of each student.
A key element of PLS is that it is developed directly from an extensive research base on effective instructional methods (See Resources for details). This research focuses on systematic learning supports that make learning easier and faster.
The organization of the math content is based on key principles for effective instruction identified in extensive research
Attitude is important, along with outcomes. Happy, motivated, independent learners are the goal. This is what has been referred to as a “positive disposition to learning math” (Adding it Up, 2xxx)
With that in mind, everything is focused on success – nurturing success, then celebrating success. The curriculum is designed so that it is easy for every student to experience success – quickly and continuously.
Students advance faster, no matter what level they’re at. They’re motivated by their success and come to exhibit exceptionally high levels of motivation and persistence.
The result is a virtuous cycle of success at successively higher levels.
At iLearn, we believe that “success is its own reward.” Everything we do is based on maximizing the intrinsic satisfaction in learning math.