Teachers break down lessons into the smallest possible component, or “byte,” of information for each skill. Teachers make every effort to teach each fact to absolute mastery before the learner moves onto the next “byte”. Teachers do not just assume the learner will “figure it out” (unlike holistic instruction or instruction that focuses on abstract concepts). As a result, the learner seldom “misses” something or becomes overwhelmed.
Teachers teach each skill incrementally, step by step. Extensive research and independent field-testing of each program have determined the most effective sequence to introduce the “bytes” of information. The skills that are more difficult to master are repeated in a scientifically proven pattern to assure mastery.
QTL's interactive instruction utilizes four senses simultaneously. This approach develops and strengthens the weaker and maximizes the stronger senses. The instruction works as follows: the teacher says the fact (auditory), the learner repeats it (oral), the learner sees it (visual), and the learner writes the fact (kinetic). The use of numerous manipulatives enables learners to use their kinetic skills!
QuesTECH Learning teaches the basic skills by using the most advanced instruction technology developed for maximum efficiency with learners. Online distance learning options are also available.
Reading Fluency & Comprehension
The QTL learner achieves fluent reading through the combination of multi-structured, multi-sensory programs LANGUAGE!, Telian, and Project Read as well as computer programs including Anywhere Learning System (ALS). Phonetic readers for the younger students, novels, and a structured and sequential reading series for the older students complete the reading program.
Mathematics (calculation of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and percents) is taught to mastery so that the learners perform all basic mathematics operations accurately. Math instructors teach applied computation for solving word problems, measurement, time and money. QTL uses the Saxon Math series as primary texts.
QuesTECH Learning places special emphasis on written language. In this age of instant and often abbreviated communication (email, text, and social apps) written language is especially important. Now, more than ever, learners must master proper rules of grammar and spelling. Learners will be able to write clearly, concisely, and properly in letters, non-fiction, and fiction. Project Read’s Written Expression is the primary curriculum used by QTL and is supplemented by both in class and home-based assignments to set the basis of and further re-enforce effective written expression.
QuesTECH Learning deploys Chromebook touchscreen laptops to all learners on a 1:1 basis. These devices are available to learners here at QTL and also at home. QuesTECH Learning is an educational partner with Google, and we utilize Google Suites for Education (GS4E). Assignments, student submissions, calendars, and communications flow through GS4E and allow for complete parental oversight and review. Chromebooks and GS4E are integrated throughout the day at QTL. Learners in grades three through eight also spend one hour daily in the computer lab using Anywhere Learning System (ALS) software that pretests students to determine deficiencies in English/language arts, math and then designs an individual curriculum especially for them, to meet their specific areas of need within each subject. Correlated to Common Core standards, ALS gives valuable reinforcement to concepts studied in the classrooms.
Learners delve into social studies during the first semester; science, the second. By doing so, learners have an extra class period daily for the core curriculum subjects: reading, language, and mathematics. Teachers use hands on learning to bring social studies and science to life for learners.
QTL learners may elect to study Tae Kwon Do to develop self-esteem and confidence, to teach discipline and self-control, to help channel aggressive energy, to develop life-time self-defense skills, and to enhance social competency. Arts & crafts, art, drama, yearbook, robotics, computer coding, and DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) complete the enrichment schedule. Learners participate in field trips throughout Northeast Louisiana including Shreveport's SCIPORT. Trips to Monroe’s Strauss Theater, local museums, Black Bayou Wildlife Preserve, and the Chenault Aviation Museum are frequent local destinations for our learners . They may also elect private guitar, voice, or piano lessons at parents' expense. Parents cover costs of field trips and extracurricular activities.
To determine academic placement, learners take diagnostic tests. To ensure appropriate remediation and challenge, teachers at any time during the year request movement of learners to another level of instruction. Eighth graders who are ready for an academic challenge have the opportunity to take courses for high school credit through our AdvancED accredited academic secondary virtual wing, Odysseyware Academy.
Since each individual learns differently, QuesTECH Learning offers all subjects on individualized levels.
- GRADE LEVEL COURSE: This level meets the needs of most learners.
- ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSE: This curriculum is designed for the gifted learner or the learner who can succeed at a more challenging level.
- MODIFIED COURSE: Teachers present the same content at the grade level but use modifications/accommodations required as described in each learner’s Student Educational Plan (SEP) or Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP).
Daytime hours for full time learners at QuesTECH Learning are 7:50 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Learners arrive at the QTL between 7:30 & 7:50 each morning. Learners should be picked up promptly at 3:10 p.m. unless other arrangements have been made with the director.