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by David H. Rose, Anne Meyer, Nicole Strangman and Gabrielle Rappolt
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The Class Learning Profile Template helps you better understand your students by identifying and noting their strengths, weaknesses, and preferences. The idea is to highlight the particular student talents, weaknesses, or interests that could facilitate or hinder the effectiveness of your teaching.
Develop the profile in the context of particular learning goals, so that you can determine which student qualities may pose challenges or offer special opportunities. For example, if you're addressing a social studies goal requiring work with a textbook and lecture presentations, students who show difficulty with reading fluency, limited English proficiency, or poor listening skills may encounter barriers to learning. Conversely, if a student can draw exceptionally well, and the social studies unit does not tap into this skill, you are missing an opportunity to engage this learner, and possibly others as well. Extending learning options, even for the sake of just one learner, opens new opportunities for the whole class.
Form 1A, the Model Template, shows an example of a Class Learning Profile for a particular 3rd grade class, highlighting notable student strengths, weaknesses, and interests that pertain to a science unit on plants. Note that only a few students are described—those whose particular qualities may affect their ability to make use of the curriculum as originally planned.
Form 1B, Examples of Student Qualities, lists examples of student strengths, weaknesses, and interests—structured for each brain network—to help you get started as you create your own Class Learning Profiles.
Form 1C, the Blank Template, offers structured support for deriving Class Learning Profiles. Refer to Form 1B for ideas as you consider your students, and add new items as needed.
Teacher: Mrs. G.
Standard: 6.23—The Lifecycle of Plants
Goal:Research and present information on a flower.
Recognition (Learning “what”)
Elizabeth—Thorough knowledge of flowers (annuals)
Brian—Limited English proficiency
Kiwa—Difficulty discerning key concepts when reading or listening
Strategy (Learning “how”)
Bill—Computer wiz; familiar with electronic encyclopedia and the Web
Marina—Very good at oral presentations
Jake—Talented at drawing
Brian—Difficulty with organization when doing a project or paper
Sarita—Poor writing mechanics—spelling, proofreading, handwriting
Phillip—Fine motor difficulties
Affect (Learning “why”)
Mandy—Very confident, strong self-esteem
Phillip—Extremely persistent through challenges
James—Leadership/works well in collaborative groups
Brian—Easily discouraged, afraid to take risks
Kiwa—Loses focus and dreams or distracts other kids
Helen—Personal concerns, often distracted
Elizabeth—Loves gardening, horses
Bill—Loves computer graphics, the Web, any new software program
Jake—Prefers hands-on activities
Brian—Thrives with a lot of structure
Jorge—Plays saxophone very well
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