Personalized Learning

The Talent Development Model

Our mission, to equip children for a life of becoming, requires individualized and personalized teaching and learning. Birchwood’s mission implies intellectual and character growth. Hence, all school, classroom, and organizational arrangements should be aligned with individual growth. Individual growth is the plumb line for measuring our success.

The master-apprentice model of education, a description of the Natural Learning Model, provides guidance for this effort. The practical implementation of the master-apprentice model within a school setting is strengthened and clarified by our version of the Talent Development Model designed to usher children’s potential toward fruition. 

The Talent Development Model as we define it at Birchwood helps us create a practical application of the master-apprentice model in the classroom. It delineates and articulates practical implications for individualized and personalized teaching and learning. It includes curriculum, pedagogy, classroom practices, material support, strategies for knowing children, and direction for professional development. 

We invite you to learn more about the main features of this approach beginning with the meaning of the Talent Development Model of instruction and why we use it as a framework for individualized instruction:

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  • An Overview

    Birchwood’s Talent Development Model of education summarizes several classroom practices that guide our pedagogy. Historically, it is derived from the master-apprentice educational model.  
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  • Small Class Sizes & The Success Cycle

    In Birchwood’s Talent Development Model, it is self-evident that classes must be small. 
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  • Instruction for High Ability Students

    In the quest for individualized instruction, special attention must be given to high ability students.
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  • Eclectic Approach to Pedagogy & Materials

    Since individual growth is the plumb line for our success, pedagogy and the selection of learning materials is eclectic. 
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  • Role of a Subject Specialist

    At Birchwood, this journey toward the ideal begins with an institutional structure that frames the role of our teachers and defines their own development as a mentor-teacher. 
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  • Choice

    As students enter the sixth grade, they are offered more opportunities to explore content more deeply or more broadly according to interest and aptitude.
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  • Understand & Know Students as Learners

    The more teachers know and understand each child, the better they can personalize instruction and learning. 
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  • Role of Professional Development

    Obviously such an eclectic approach to the selection of pedagogical strategies and materials/technology speaks directly to one strand of our professional development program. 
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