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ERIC Number: ED001381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 1
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A "TRUMP PLAN" - 4 YEARS LATER.
THE TRUMP PLAN AT RIDGEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL IN NORRIDGE, ILLINOIS INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING INNOVATIONS--INSTEAD OF CLASSES OF 25-30 STUDENTS, STUDENTS MET IN GROUPS OF 4-7, 10-15, AND 65-130. INSTEAD OF STANDARD CLASSROOMS, THERE WERE MANY ASSORTED WORKING SPACES, FROM INDIVIDUAL CARRELS TO LARGE LECTURE HALLS. TEACHERS WERE GROUPED IN COOPERATIVE TEAMS WHICH UTILIZED A VARIETY OF TEACHING SPACES. TEACHERS WERE DIVIDED INTO TWO GENERAL DIVISIONS, HUMANITIES AND SCIENCE-MATH. INSTEAD OF STUDY HALLS, STUDENTS WORKED INDEPENDENTLY ON ADVANCED PROJECTS DURING UNSCHEDULED SCHOOL TIME WITH TEACHERS AS CONSULTANTS. DISCUSSION PERIODS (SEMINARS) WERE CONDUCTED BY STUDENTS. CLASS PERIODS RANGED FROM 20-80 MINUTES, WITH CLASSES OF DIFFERENT LENGTHS OVERLAPPING ALMOST EVERY DAY. NO BELLS WERE RUNG. TEACHERS WERE LEFT UNSCHEDULED FOR OVER HALF OF THEIR TIME. EVALUATION AT THE END OF 4 YEARS SHOWED THAT MAJOR PROBLEMS OCCURRED IN SCHEDULING, IN SEMINARS AND IN INDEPENDENT STUDY. SCHEDULING WAS SOLVED BY AN ARRANGEMENT WITH A NEARBY COMPUTER CENTER TO PROVIDE INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS. THUS RIDGEWOOD BECAME THE FIRST SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY TO OPERATE WITH A COMPUTER-BUILT MODULAR SCHEDULE. THE DIFFICULTIES IN IMPLEMENTING THE INDEPENDENT STUDY SCHEDULE SHOWED THE NEED FOR PUTTING THE TEACHER AND STUDENT IN A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP AND EMPLOYING A "LEARNING LABORATORY" IN EACH SUBJECT FIELD. NO MAJOR MODIFICATIONS WERE MADE IN SEMINARS. SEMINARS CAN ALSO BE EFFECTIVE WITH LOW ABILITY STUDENTS, BUT THE TOPICS DISCUSSED AND ASSIGNMENTS MADE SHOULD BE WITHIN LIMITS OF THEIR COMPETENCE.
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Identifiers: ILLINOIS