I advise students to read plenty of examples of strong essays in advance of beginning any brainstorming or writing. There are a number of books on the market and websites to help. Then I like to choose a couple of those sample essays and have the student identify three things or traits that were revealed about the writer/applicant. For example, family is important as revealed by the catchy beginning that showed the writer/applicant having a deep discussion with an older sibling. Or the writer is profoundly interested in studying French and is willing to take on challenges outside her comfort zone as revealed by the reference to studying abroad in a full-immersion exchange program. Or the writer values community as revealed by the eloquent description of her role within the corps d’ ballet, and how she provides support to and draws on the strength of her fellow dancers. Then I ask, “what do you want to reveal about yourself that’s important to you?”
This program is very systematic in its teaching. It was like having a step-by-step to do list. Where all other programs failed because they were too conceptual, this program worked because of the easy step-by-step process. My son is in high school now and his writing is acceptable. He’s not a natural writer, so I don’t think it will ever be exceptional, but it is good now. Even though Pattern Based Writing is intended for younger children, it is great for a remedial program at the middle school level. I just moved faster at the earliest stages. What I found was that the simple explanation of things makes this program wonderful for a child who is struggling with writing. You get the “Oh, that’s all you wanted” light bulb going off.
If I was to attend a school like this from 5 to 18 this school would give me no priorities or responsibility because with no tests or grades and 2 teachers I would be about as smart as a stick. Being raised like this id probably just wants to eat, sleep, and play games. No the flip side of freedom isn’t responsibility if your parents want to pay 15,000 so there child may attend a school which has no curriculum to try to further educate their skills in math, science, language arts, and reading then its not a real school in my opinion. I go to public schools and ill be smarter than the kids who go to this free school with no cost to my education. Without the freedom of having a sport like basketball and the structure to further my education so I can attend college.