ERIC Number: ED301547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
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Responding to Individual Needs. A Guide for Teachers. Learning Potential Series, Volume 1.
Gamlin, Peter J.; Fleming, D. Russell
This book provides the teacher with a framework for assessing children's potential to learn, taking into account cognitive skills, specifically similarity thinking skills, as well as the emotional status of children, particularly the development of independent security. Complex ideas are introduced through the use of case studies and anecdotes. The first chapter examines the learning potential of an exceptional child who is preparing for kindergarten. Chapter 2 provides teachers with a practical guide to determine every child's readiness for kindergarten. The third chapter demonstrates that observing the child at home will help the teacher understand the child's individual needs and strengths. In chapter 4, the thinking processes of two 7-year-old children are explored. Chapter 5 focuses on planning skills and the central role of similarity thinking in the acquisition of skills for organizing and planning. In chapter 6, a dynamic assessment is presented of similarity thinking. The seventh chapter offers a case study demonstrating how emotional and cognitive development go together. The final chapter discusses some of the frustrations a teacher faces in meeting the individual needs of children. (JD)
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Academic Aptitude, Child Development, Cognitive Style, Elementary Education, Emotional Development, Individual Needs, Learning Processes, Preschool Education, School Readiness, Teaching Methods
C.J. Hogrefe Publishers, P.O. Box 51, Lewiston, NY 14092 ($16.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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