A Language Arts Program With a Student-Centered Approach
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Special Note on the Teaching of Language Skills in This Program
As was stated earlier, the goals of this program are not substantially different from conventional ones; the main departure is in the means. This program is concerned with each student attaining the highest skill level possible. However, at no time in this program will specific skills be taught to an individual student, small group, or the whole class solely because the teacher feels that students need them. Skills will be taught only when the teacher, through observation and using a diagnostic approach, determines that a particular student or group of students are in need of a specific skill. When the teacher determines that students share a similar skill deficiency they will be grouped and regrouped according to instructional needs, interests, or difficulties. Grouping is a fast way to teach the same skill to a lot of students at the same time, when you are sure they need that skill. A skill will not be taught until the teacher is satisfied that the students have the necessary background to understand and use the skill.