Using the Autonomous Learner Model to create enrichment activities:
The Autonomous Learner Model is a 5 stage process (see the image below) which is designed to turn students into learners and teachers into facilitators through the development of students’:
•Responsibility and authority over content
•ability to be forward thinking
What is it for?
ALM uses 5 stages which begins with the establishment of expectations for students, teachers, and families of GT students. Once all involved parties are aware of what it means to be or support a GT student, ALM immediately encourages the students to take charge of their own learning through a flexibly framework of instructional opportunities. Community members are recruited to serve as mentors for GT students over the course of their education to validate the student’s talents, gifts, challenges, and desire for success. This is the component which sets ALM apart from the rest. From the onset, career and post-education success is emphasized through modeling, development of organizational skills, application of real-life processes, and close ties with the community.
How do you use it?
This flowchart* can be found as a pdf. at the bottom of the post for printing and sharing. Laminate a copy for each student to keep in a folder or binder for organizing their research documents. All words in bold correspond to a support document which can all be found at the bottom of this post as well.
*Designed by E. Hasford--based on:Betts, G. (n.d.). Autonomous Learner Model for the Gifted and Talented. In New Mexico Association for the Gifted.
Extreme Explorers, Director