Presentation on theme: "Student Learning Contracts"— Presentation transcript:
1 Student Learning Contracts An agreementbetweenteacher andstudent(s).
2 Learning Contracts Are: Written agreementsbetween teachers &students that outline:what students will learnhow they will learn itthe time period for the learning experiencehow they will be evaluated
3 CONTRACTS---help students learn to make decisions about their learninghelp students learn to manage their timemay involve the student in curriculum planningcan be used to support students with learning difficultiescan be used to facilitate learning for other studentshelp the teacher manage group work, individual projects orinvestigations, learning centers or curriculum compacting
4 Types of Contracts Structured Partially Structured Mutually Structured Unstructured
6 Components of Contracts: 1. Outcome(s) - specify what is to be accomplished, the conditionsunder which learning will be demonstrated, and the level ofproficiency required to meet the outcome.2. Resources - including print, media, and human3. Learning Alternatives - include reading, writing, viewing, creating,interviewing, and other activities the student experiences toaccomplish the outcome.4. Reporting Alternatives and Assessment - should provide evidenceas to whether the outcomes have been accomplished. Conferences,tests, projects, presentations, real world products, portfolios ofwork are examples of reporting alternatives.
7 Contract Do’s & Don’ts DO: explain the role & function of contracts start small (1 or 2 day) contractsnegotiate contracts with students whenever possiblehelp set realistic deadlinesrenegotiate the contract if it isn’t workingsolicit student feedback on processgradually involve students in contract development
8 Contract Do’s & Don’ts Don’t: expect all students to use contracts effectively at the beginningexpect all students to like contracts.assume contracts can take the placeof regular instructionuse contracts without a good managementsystem
9 Some Thoughts about Learning Contracts: Contracts provide efficient means of prescribing for students, based on assessed needs, strengths, or interests.Contracts are usually negotiated between the teacher and the student and sometimes the parent.Both the teacher and the student(s) share responsibility for thecompletion of the terms of the contract.A contract may require a student to use certain resources or to contact other people in the school or in the community.A contract may have certain prerequisites as conditions that thestudent has to meet before beginning a study or investigation.