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: