Education

Educators Explain LIFE School’s Learning Model

Mikala Streeter, the founding principal of The LIFE School, and Khabral Muhammad, a science teacher at the school, return to "Closer Look" to share details about the Atlanta high school.
Mikala Streeter, the founding principal of The LIFE School, and Khabral Muhammad, a science teacher at the school, return to "Closer Look" to share details about the Atlanta high school.
Credit Courtesy of The LIFE School

Educators at The LIFE School say they’ve created a self-directed learning environment that encourages students to learn courageously and feel safe in their identity.

“We take every aspect of education, and we pull it apart, and we try to look at all the different angles, try to look at all the different sides, and find ways students can use that and apply their own personality and creativity to it,” explained Khabral Muhammad, a science teacher at the high school.

Muhammad and Mikala Streeter, the founding principal of The LIFE School who recently collaborated to create the Zucchinis Homeschool Co-op, returned to Monday’s edition of “Closer Look” to discuss The LIFE School’s learning model.

The LIFE School’s Khabral Muhammad guides students through science lab project. Picture was taken in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy of The LIFE School)
The LIFE School’s Khabral Muhammad guides students through a science lab project. Picture was taken in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy of The LIFE School)

“What’s nice about our school day is that it’s not micromanaged,” said Streeter. “You’re not going from one class to the next to the next all day. We have incorporated this Montessori principle of giving students time to have more independent, longer blocks of time to really get in the zone.”

During the conversation, the educators told show host Rose Scott that teachers at the downtown Atlanta school curate learning materials based on what’s happening in the world and on the interest of students — describing the curriculum as high vigor but comfortable, allowing students to thrive based on their learning styles and meeting state educational benchmarks.

Guests:

Mikala Streeter, founding principal of The LIFE School and co-founder of Zucchinis Homeschool Co-op

Khabral Muhammad, a science teacher at The LIFE School and co-founder of Zucchinis Homeschool Co-op

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.

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