We view a learner’s current and past instructional environments as primarily responsible for learning gains. Instructional environments encompass a vast array of features such as:
1) how motivational systems are designed,
2) how learning materials are designed and presented,
3) how responses are prompted, secured and strengthened,
4) how feedback is provided,
5) how learning is measured and evaluated,
6) how instruction is modified based on this evaluation, and
7) how skill mastery is determined and produced.
These are a few of the critical features of instructional environments that impact the learning gains made by a student. When students fail, struggle, stagnate or require any kind of acceleration, we turn to an analysis and modification of these critical features that make up the student’s instructional environment.
The method is a unique combination of applied behavior analysis, precision teaching, direct instruction, and curriculum-based measurement. The Fit Learning Method is the result of more than 20 years of research and development by our founders and mentors (www.fitlearners.com).
This combination of methods leads to transformational learning gains of 1-2 years of growth in as little as 40 hours of instruction.
Our science has determined that fluency – or a measure of accuracy plus pace – is the most appropriate measure of skill mastery and reliably predicts desired outcomes. Fluency serves as the goal for everything we teach at Fit Learning Salem.
When students achieve fluency across a broad array of core skill areas with a particular subject, they experience an actual transformation as a learner. A fluent foundation produces learners who have cognitive fitness – they are agile, flexible, focused, perserverant, confident, and determined learners, who are able to think critically at all times.