Students: click the button below to visit a site that explains compacting. It was made especially for students by a Piedmont compacting student
Teachers:Read on to learn how to implement curriculum compacting in your classroom!
What is compacting?
Curriculum Compacting is one way to help your gifted high fliers. It can even help underperforming students who may be underperforming due to boredom.
Who should compact?
Students in your class who have already mastered the material as determined by you via:
Some students who do not know the material at the time of introduction are still good candidates for compacting if they are fast learners on their own. Those students may wish to compact out of the practice and reinforcement lesssons their classmates do.
Additionally, students who have mastered some of your content can compact out of the parts they already know once they prove mastery.
How do I determine mastery?
The easiest way to do this is to begin with the end in mind. List the skills you want all students to know at the end of your unit and how each can be assessed. Offer to test those whose test scores or performance (very high or oddly low) indicate they may be a match for compacting.
Where can I find help?
Ms Gurthie in the makerspace can help with compacting independent studies!
Students can come to my office to work on an assignment you chose , but the latest research says that gifted student should be allowed to work on the project they wish. To that end I wrote this Compacting Contract. Feel free to contact me if you would like to try this.
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