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1 Student Learning Contracts
An agreement between teacher and student(s).

2 Learning Contracts Are:
Written agreements between teachers & students that outline: what students will learn how they will learn it the time period for the learning experience how they will be evaluated

3 CONTRACTS--- help students learn to make decisions about their learning help students learn to manage their time may involve the student in curriculum planning can be used to support students with learning difficulties can be used to facilitate learning for other students help the teacher manage group work, individual projects or investigations, learning centers or curriculum compacting

4 Types of Contracts Structured Partially Structured Mutually Structured


6 Components of Contracts:
1. Outcome(s) - specify what is to be accomplished, the conditions under which learning will be demonstrated, and the level of proficiency required to meet the outcome. 2. Resources - including print, media, and human 3. Learning Alternatives - include reading, writing, viewing, creating, interviewing, and other activities the student experiences to accomplish the outcome. 4. Reporting Alternatives and Assessment - should provide evidence as to whether the outcomes have been accomplished. Conferences, tests, projects, presentations, real world products, portfolios of work are examples of reporting alternatives.

7 Contract Do’s & Don’ts DO: explain the role & function of contracts
start small (1 or 2 day) contracts negotiate contracts with students whenever possible help set realistic deadlines renegotiate the contract if it isn’t working solicit student feedback on process gradually involve students in contract development

8 Contract Do’s & Don’ts Don’t: expect all students to use contracts
effectively at the beginning expect all students to like contracts. assume contracts can take the place of regular instruction use contracts without a good management system

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 the completion 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 the student has to meet before beginning a study or investigation.

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