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Curriculum Compacting

Science Scope—January 2001

Is it practical to expect teachers to tailor instruction to meet the needs of gifted students when many teachers are already taxed by trying to differentiate curriculum for exceptional education students? It seems an impossible task, but teachers can create a learning environment that allows all students to better develop their abilities and interests. The secret is to offer easily manageable alternative learning experiences (Winebrenner, 1994). One such strategy is curriculum compacting, which is described in this article. It allows teachers to test students on upcoming material to avoid teaching them what they already know.
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