Dimensions of Learning Trainer's Manual

Dimensions of Learning Trainer's Manual

Dimensions of Learning Trainer's Manual

Dimensions of Learning Trainer's Manual

Synopsis

The Trainer's Manual includes an overview of the Dimensions of Learning program, suggestions for organizing different levels of training, detailed scripts for conducting training, and numerous blackline masters for overheads.

This volume has been updated to reflect the 2nd edition of the Dimensions of Learning Teacher's Manual: the scripts and overheads have been significantly modified, and new training activities and overheads have been added.

Excerpt

When the first edition of the Dimensions of Learning Teacher’s Manual was published in 1991, the authors, led by Dr. Robert Marzano of the Midcontinent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL), hoped that it would provide a tool that educators could use as they pursued restructuring and reform efforts in their schools and districts. Specifically, the Dimensions of Learning model was offered as a tool to help educators focus their efforts more on student learning than on the implementation of specific programs and strategies. Since 1991, Dimensions has been used by teachers and administrators in this way. The model has helped them to maintain this focus on learning both as they plan curriculum, instruction, and assessment and as they evaluate the impact of their efforts on student learning.

One of the reasons that the vision for Dimensions is being realized is that districts and schools have taken ownership of the model by developing the capacity to offer training and support within their own systems. We hope that the Trainer’s Manual that accompanied the first edition contributed to this local approach to implementation. In order to continue to support this trend, we have revised and updated the Trainer’s Manual so that it is now aligned with the second edition of the Teacher’s Manual. The training scripts and overheads have been significantly modified, and new training activities and overheads have been added. We have maintained elements from the first edition that have been used successfully but also have enhanced the training with additions and modifications. This manual should continue to be a valuable resource for trainers and for other district and school leaders as they work with people who are interested in using the Dimensions of Learning model.

Before you read the remainder of this section, we recommend that you turn to the Teacher’s Manual and read (or reread) the Introduction on pages 1-12. Reading this chapter should help to refresh your memory about some important points related to the assumptions from which the Dimensions of . . .

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