Learning and Innovation
Providing instruction for every student to develop the skills to learn how to learn.
Our students' innate inquisitiveness, sense of wonder, and the ability to think flexibly is highly valued at Odyssey. Opportunities for learning promote critical thinking, problem solving, analyzing, and making connections. Students are engaged in daily activities where they can imagine, question, challenge, and create. Our students develop a love of learning and view it as a lifelong process for future success.
A Road Map to Success
Students with dyslexia and language learning differences require direct, explicit teaching in the language skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and in the executive function skills.
These skills are fundamental to everything that needs to be accomplished each day. Most importantly, the executive function skills coupled with the language skills empower the student to be an effective, independent learner. The executive function skills consist of organization, self-talk that drives performance, the ability to regulate emotions, the capacity to channel energies, and the process of being able to plan, execute and complete a task.
At Odyssey, a particular focus is placed on explicitly teaching study skills within the context of teaching the content. Teachers instruct students on the skills in preparing for cumulative exams, test taking, organization and time management, comprehension of written language and textbook format, note-taking, vocabulary development, and the application of computer technology for document management, research, and word processing.
Mainstream schools expect students to be increasingly independent in study habits, organization, and time management skills. Without explicit instruction and support in these skills, students who are in other schools may experience frustration and apathy.
The ultimate goal is for students to be empowered with the skills to make appropriate judgments on how to prepare for a task and to determine how effective they are in the process.
Odyssey's program helps each student understand his or her unique learning profile and provides individualized strategy instruction aimed at helping students to build on their strengths while learning to compensate for their weaknesses, and develop the self-advocacy skills and confidence needed to succeed in future academic settings.