Presentation on theme: "The Autonomous Learning Model by Betts and Kercher"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Autonomous Learning Model by Betts and Kercher The key to meeting the diversified needs of the gifted and talentedPowerPoint by: Betsy Snow
2 Developed by George Betts and Jolene Kercher- 1981 Developed at Arvada West High School in Arvada, ColoradoTargeted achieving and non-achieving studentsProgram developed with the students, not for themTeachers became the facilitators of learning, not dispensers of knowledge
3 ALM Goals for StudentsDevelop skills to interact effectively with peers, siblings, parents, and other adultsDevelop critical and creative thinking skillsDevelop passion area(s) of learningUltimately become responsible, creative, independent, life-long learnersDemonstrate responsibility for self-learningDevelop positive self-esteemIncrease knowledge in a variety of areasDevelop decision-making, and problem-solving skills
4 Autonomous Learner Model Five Major Dimensions Dimension One: OrientationDimension Two: Individual DevelopmentDimension Three: EnrichmentDimension Four: SeminarsDimension Five: In-depth Study
5 Orientation Crucial to development of the autonomous learner Contains four areas:Understanding giftedness, talent, intelligence, and creativityGroup building activitiesSelf-personal developmentProgram and school opportunities and responsibilities
6 Individual Development Designed to give students skills, concepts, and attitudes necessary to become life-long learnersSix Specific Areas:Inter/Intra Personal- self-conceptLearning Skills- autonomous learningTechnology- added as major area in 1996College and Career InvolvementOrganizational skillsProductivity- develop oral, written, kinesthetic products
7 EnrichmentTo teach learners to develop their own content, processes, and productsFive specific areas:Explorations- new ideas to pursueInvestigations- independent inquiryCultural Activities- go behind the scenes to meet people in plays, recitals, museumsService- activities such as meals for shut-insAdventure Trips- preplanning, participating, assessment of experience
8 Seminars Developed by learners, facilitated by teachers Consists of selection of topic, development of seminar, and assessmentFocus of Seminars:FuturisticProblematicControversialGeneral InterestAdvanced Knowledge* Students demonstrate ability to work in small groups.
9 In-Depth Study Individual or group projects- most elect to work alone Mentorships- Learners find the mentors!Presentations- short presentations and final presentation at conclusion of studyAssessment- of learner, the process, and the product*Considered highest level of autonomous learning
10 Concepts and IdeasALM is a major component of G/T education at the high school level.Curriculum developed by learners allows for the highest level of learning.Learners share responsibility with educators for developing their personal educational plans.
11 Life-Long Learners and ALM A life-long learner seeks truth, friendship, knowledge, and wisdom.He accepts himself and others and strives to make the world a better place.The journey is the key to new discoveries every day and is never-ending.
12 About George Betts and Jolene Kercher Kercher was a highly successful mathematics teacher of gifted students at Arvada West High school and collaborated with Betts to create ALM.Betts is a Professor of Special Education in the area of GT at the University of Northern Colorado, internationally acclaimed speaker and consultant, and winner of numerous NAGC awards.
13 ResourcesBetts, George. (2003, Fall/Winter). The Autonomous Learning Model for High School Programming [Electronic version]. Gifted Education Communicator,Department of Education and Training (n.d.). Gifted and Talented Education- Autonomous Learner Model. Retrieved June 3, 2008, fromUresti, Ronda, Goertz, Jeanie, Bernal, Ernesto M. (2002). Maximizing Achievement for Potentially Gifted and Talented and Regular Minority Students in a Primary Classroom [Electronic Version]. Roeper Review, 25. Retrieved June 3, 2008 from