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ERIC Number: EJ874022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1076-2175
Using Tiered Assignments to Engage Learners in Advanced Placement Physics
Geddes, Kimberly A.
Gifted Child Today, v33 n1 p32-40 Win 2010
This article presents lesson plans that incorporate tiered objectives and brainstorming techniques as means for differentiating instruction and ensuring that learners are challenged at levels commensurate with their abilities even though they are developing an understanding of the same physics concepts. A listing of materials and resources supporting these activities is presented. The lessons require that the teacher complete an assessment of each student's learning styles, strengths, weaknesses, and interests prior to implementation. The lessons assume that all learners in the AP Physics class are gifted and high-achieving students but differ in mathematical readiness and learning styles; therefore, the students are divided into lab groups based on mathematical ability and learning styles. The extension of these lesson plans to real-life scenarios is intended to make the lessons relevant to gifted underachievers and appeal to all ethnicities. Also, consistent with the recommendations of the ERIC Development Team on Planning Science Programs for High Ability Learners, the lessons infuse technology as a means to connect students with real-world opportunities through research, data analyses, presentations of findings, and communication with industry professionals. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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