1. Different ways to take in the information
2. Differing amounts of time to complete work
3. Different levels of learning
4. Different assignments
5. Different means to assess what has been learned
This article was originally published on the CNN blog, "Schools of Thought" on November 14, 2012. Carolyn is an author and consultant for Pieces of Learning. For more information on Carolyn's workshops and books, click here.
This article by Pieces of Learning author and consultant, Carolyn Coil, was originally published by the Florida Gifted Network in their newsletter Wavelengths from October 2012.
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by Carolyn Coil
What Is Curriculum Compacting?
Curriculum compacting, developed by Dr. Joseph Renzulli and Linda Smith in 1978, is a strategy that is extremely beneficial to many gifted students. It is a process by which students are pre-assessed to determine what parts of the curriculum they have already mastered. When those areas of knowledge and skills are identified, these students are not required to complete the grade-level work. Instead, they work on alternate activities. As schools adopt Common Core Standards, the Anchor Standards may be K-12 standards but the specific grade-level knowledge and skills can and should be compacted for those students who already know them.
Curriculum compacting is a particularly important strategy for gifted and other high-ability
students because they often come to school already knowing much of the grade level material. If these students are not challenged with new or different content, they waste time in school, do not learn important study skills, and do not grow as learners.
How Does Curriculum Compacting Work?
The first step in curriculum compacting is to identify the content, skill areas, standards, or benchmarks students have mastered. Compacting works particularly well in subjects or topics that are easily pre-tested such as math, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and map skills. Questions in these subjects generally require one right answer. It is easy, therefore, to determine who knows the information and who does not.
Congratulations to Nancy Polette, Pieces of Learning author. Her book, The Spy with the Wooden Leg won the International Mom's Choice Award!
The International Mom’s Choice Award Gold Seal Winner for 2012 is THE SPY
WITH THE WOODEN LEG (Alma-Little Publishers 2012) by Nancy Polette,
Professor Emeritus, Lindenwood University, the true story of Virginia Hall,
winner of the Distinguished Service Cross, who in World War II rescued
downed airmen in France, risked her life to send radio messages, led three
battalions of resistance fighters to capture 500 enemy troops while at the
top of the Gestapo’s Most Wanted list. ..all this in spite of the fact this
amazing heroine had a wooden leg.
The award recognizes authors of outstanding, high quality family-friendly
Leading the panel of Judges, which assures expert and objective analysis
free from any publisher association,is Dr. Twila C. Liggett, founder of PBS’s
REVIEW MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW August 2012
The Spy with the Wooden Leg
When one is undervalued due to their gender, the drive to prove them wrong
comes strongly. "The Spy with the Wooden Leg" is a biography of Virginia
Hall, a woman who jumped at the chance to serve the Allies in World War II,
overcoming gender discrimination and a wooden foot in the process. Earning
ire from the Gestapo, she significantly helped the Free French Resistance
throughout the conflict. "The Spy with the Wooden Leg" is a strongly
recommended addition to history and biography collections, not to be
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