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1 The Autonomous Learning Model by Betts and Kercher
The key to meeting the diversified needs of the gifted and talented PowerPoint by: Betsy Snow

2 Developed by George Betts and Jolene Kercher- 1981
Developed at Arvada West High School in Arvada, Colorado Targeted achieving and non-achieving students Program developed with the students, not for them Teachers became the facilitators of learning, not dispensers of knowledge

3 ALM Goals for Students Develop skills to interact effectively with peers, siblings, parents, and other adults Develop critical and creative thinking skills Develop passion area(s) of learning Ultimately become responsible, creative, independent, life-long learners Demonstrate responsibility for self-learning Develop positive self-esteem Increase knowledge in a variety of areas Develop decision-making, and problem-solving skills

4 Autonomous Learner Model Five Major Dimensions
Dimension One: Orientation Dimension Two: Individual Development Dimension Three: Enrichment Dimension Four: Seminars Dimension Five: In-depth Study

5 Orientation Crucial to development of the autonomous learner
Contains four areas: Understanding giftedness, talent, intelligence, and creativity Group building activities Self-personal development Program and school opportunities and responsibilities

6 Individual Development
Designed to give students skills, concepts, and attitudes necessary to become life-long learners Six Specific Areas: Inter/Intra Personal- self-concept Learning Skills- autonomous learning Technology- added as major area in 1996 College and Career Involvement Organizational skills Productivity- develop oral, written, kinesthetic products

7 Enrichment To teach learners to develop their own content, processes, and products Five specific areas: Explorations- new ideas to pursue Investigations- independent inquiry Cultural Activities- go behind the scenes to meet people in plays, recitals, museums Service- activities such as meals for shut-ins Adventure Trips- preplanning, participating, assessment of experience

8 Seminars Developed by learners, facilitated by teachers
Consists of selection of topic, development of seminar, and assessment Focus of Seminars: Futuristic Problematic Controversial General Interest Advanced 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 study Assessment- of learner, the process, and the product *Considered highest level of autonomous learning

10 Concepts and Ideas ALM 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 Resources Betts, 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, from Uresti, 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

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