The Basis for SILP (or Student Individualized Learning Program) is that it answers the question “How do you reach those students who struggle to obtain the basics while engaging those who exceed the classroom expectations?”
The students’ educational backgrounds at UHS are as varied as the types of apples grown in the State of Washington. Each student has a different set of goals they would like to accomplish. Many look at a grade as the main goal where others are just looking to "survive" the class without having to take it for the third time.
What a SILP based classroom does is individualize the learning program so that it fits each student’s individual goals. A SILP also allows the student to feel success for the accomplishments they obtain in the classroom.
Examples are shown below:
The students in a weight class do not all start at the same place. Student A might max out in a certain activity (such as bench press) at 150 lbs. at the beginning of a semester, whereas student B might start out at 100 lbs. The objective is to steadily increase their max so that they reach the goal of a certain weight by the end of a class.
Students in a Word Processing class can be graded on their speeding timings combined with their increase in speed to obtain a grade. This grade gives each student the ability to be successful in the class and is more appropriate for their SILP.
In a Woods Class one student will have the ability to make a table that will give the student a grade of an A, while another student might also make the same table and route the sides or bevel the corners to add an elegant touch to the table. Both students accomplished the goal of the class whereas the second student went beyond the par to a goal that she/he felt more proud of.
In a database class a student might create a survey with 15 questions and interview 50 people for a grade whereas another student may only interview 15 students but the survey has 40 questions. Both students did the assignment in different ways, yet both were very successful and went beyond expectations to accomplish their goals.
A science teacher may assign a group assignment dealing with genetic code and see many different results by the students, yet all have met the goals of the class. The students felt the freedom given to them to create something they enjoyed and showed off their individual skills.
UHS has a careers class where each student is given the opportunity to be as creative as they want to be yet with specific goals that can be accomplished in many different ways.
Each of these examples are ways a SILP can make your school better because they allow the students to control their learning program yet meet the expectations of the class. Please read the latest articles in your Monthly NEA and OEA Magazines which are essential for all teachers. S.I.L.P. allows people to be actively engaged in their education. Please read below to see what Actively Engaged looks like. If you have not read your latest NEA or OEA magazine, please click on the website links above to take you so those websites.
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