The role of assessment, whether diagnostic, formative, or summative, is meant to monitor and gauge student understanding. A non-linear assessment should:
-provide students with choices
-be project based
-include rubrics
-allow for a flexible timetable

These factors allow students to demonstrate their understanding in a 3-D way.


The cultural and social environment of a school has an important impact on student learning. A non-linear environment should include:
-parent involvement
-classroom circle meetings
-social networking

These factors allow students to make connections to the community.


Non-linear instruction varies instruction so as to target different ways of learning. This can be put to practice by:
-providing auditory cues
-allowing for kinestic movement around the classroom
-student-led instruction
-using visuals

These factors are beneficial to student learning by providing multiple outlets for student understanding.


The physical space of a classroom is important to student learning. A non-linear learning environment should include:
-flexible seating
-display of student work
-soft aesthetics
-space to actively move throughout the room
-turning off lights (as appropriate)

These factors give students the chance to take pride in their work and in their classroom.