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X7331, Dr. Isbell
Curriculum Planning in Independent Schools
August 16, 2010
Using this article as your reference point, discuss and evaluate curriculum planning for instructional improvement in independent schools. State your opinion of the instructional strategies used in independent schools. Justify your opinion by citing relevant evidence in the form of research and examples. Describe instructional strategies you have encountered as a curriculum professional that will enhance communication of subject matter in independent schools.
Curriculum planning and instructional improvements in independent schools share one goal: to use instructional strategies to push highly motivated students to excel. Many of the strategies are based on studies by Howard Gardner, a pioneer in educational research. His research identified the eight ways to measure human potential (and intelligence). He is known for the multiple intelligence theory and his encouragement to not assess learning in traditional manners. In addition, independent schools have one thing that public schools are striving to gain: parental involvement. Over the years it has been proven that parental involvement improve student achievement in academics.
Non traditional ways to assess learning (as used by independent schools) are: incorporating cooperative learning, music, role-play, problem solving activities, just to name a few. These are non traditional methods that provoke students to be creative and think outside the box, while applying principles learned to real life situations. Also, differentiating instruction is an effective way to ensure that all learners are able to access material. This involves adjusting teaching to the needs and individual learning styles of students. For example, when teaching a new concept, it may be good to start off with a lecture and notes and then to branch off into group activities with real life examples of how principles can be applied....