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ERIC Number: ED458718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 146
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87120-520-3
Designing Personalized Learning for Every Student.
Ferguson, Dianne L.; Ralph, Ginevra; Meyer, Gwen; Lester, Jackie; Droege, Cleo; Guojonsdottir, Hafdis; Sampson, Nadia Katul; Williams, Janet
Students are more diverse than ever before in cultural background, learning style and interests, social and economic classes, and abilities and disabilities. This diversity replaces the old statistically derived, bell-shaped curve that uncompromisingly identifies some students as "inside" and other as "outside." With this shift in norm definition, a parallel shift in teacher work becomes possible. This book proposes a systemic-change framework that structures change efforts at district, school, and classroom levels. The approach rests on three main ideas: locate decisions with groups of teachers, create new roles for teachers, and redesign individualized education plans. Using these ideas as starting points, strategies are described to help teachers design personalized curriculum and teaching that will accommodate the widest possible student diversity, including students who are officially designated as disabled. A variety of practical tools is provided for gathering information about students, developing long-term curriculum plans, planning lessons, tailoring learning experiences, creating classroom-based assessment systems, writing individually tailored education reports, and reflecting on one's own teaching. Each chapter ends with a list of recommended references and Web sites. An appendix contains an activity-based assessment inventory for ages 9-12. (RT)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A