ERIC Number: ED091259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Caring is Basic... at James Madison School. Profiles of Promise 23.
A prescriptive teaching program developed by the teachers of Madison Elementary School, Fargo, North Dakota, is described in the brochure. The students are from low income families; the majority of the teachers have received their training at the New School of Behavioral Studies, University of North Dakota. In determining what is best for each child the staff has four goals: 1) to develop a positive self-concept; 2) to develop enthusiasm for learning; 3) to develop a self-reliant, self-motivated, independent pupil; and 4) to develop personal responsibility. Teachers assess each student's learning skills and learning styles, and then use this evaluation to design a program for the child. The curriculum consists of teacher developed learning packages. The teacher chooses the package which best fits the student's needs. This basic instruction is supplemented by activity-oriented learning centers: the students choose activities and keep their own record of the work they do in the centers. The student's work is evaluated and new directions in his program are decided upon in a weekly conference between each student and his teacher. Because of the importance of the teacher role in the Madison program, continual teacher training is provided. With the new learning climate, attendance has improved, and many more Madison students are going on to complete junior high and high school. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Creative Activities, Diagnostic Teaching, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Innovation, Elementary Education, Individualized Instruction, Learning Problems, Open Education, Program Descriptions, Social Sciences, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Evaluation, Student Motivation, Teacher Developed Materials
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.