POLs are an overarching tool for students, allowing them to pause in learning, reflect, synthesize, and analyze. They consider both personal and academic growth, link their learning to past learning, and project future learning goals.
In front of a panel of people from outside of The Delta School, students present themselves as learners to this panel and an audience composed of their peers, staff, family, and friends. The panel is guided to ask questions of the student, forcing extemporaneous thinking and response. Students as young as four years old give POLs to outside audiences.