Editor: Susan K. Johnsen, Ph.D.
Author: Kathryn L. Johnson
Product Code: 304
ISBN: 9781593632304
Pages: 148
Availability: In stock.

This innovative kit offers a timesaving, exciting program for engaging every gifted student in your classroom. Watch the excitement among your students grow as they work through the research process of selecting a topic, organizing a topic, asking questions, using a study method, collecting information, developing a product, presenting the information, and evaluating the independent study. This step-by-step program can be used by students working alone or in small groups, or by the entire class.

The Teacher's Guide contains 25 lesson plans, assessments, and student examples. The lessons assist the teacher in guiding students through the basic research steps, with additional ideas for primary students and special teaching tips for all levels. Additionally, the guide provides effective tips for managing independent studies in the classroom, with specific examples for arranging the classroom, organizing materials, scheduling, and record keeping.

The Student Booklet helps students plan and organize their own independent research projects related to each lesson in the Teacher's Guide.

The Resource Cards offer ideas for students and teachers, information and examples for each step of the research process, and opportunities for students to learn the process independently.


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Review by: James Cox, Midwest Book Review - October 10, 2007
Collaboratively compiled and expertly co-authored by academicians Susan K. Johnsen (Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Baylor University) and Kathryn Lee Johnson (Adjunct Professor, School of Education, University of Rhode Island), the Independent Study Program includes a teacher’s guide, a student workbook, and a set of 112 resource cards. Classroom teachers are provided with step-by-step instructions for organizing materials and guiding their students through the research process. Featuring teaching tips for students at all levels, Independent Study Program lays out just what is required for successful classroom management including suggestions, advice, helpful rubrics, checklists, and student rating scales. With sample lesson plans and real-world examples, Independent Study Program can provide the basis for adding an independent study program to elementary school curriculums regardless of the subject to be studied. Independent Study Program is also highly recommended for use by home schooling parents.

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