Goals & Objectives:
The contract itself is a way of setting goals and objectives. It can serve
as a refinement of general objectives given for the course, specifying how
goals will be achieved.
Materials and Resources:
The instructor provides instructions.
What does the student need to bring to the lesson? - A willingness to learn.
Guiding Questions for this Lesson:
What are the personal goals of the student and how can they best be met
in a partnership with the instructor?
Lesson Outline and Procedure:
- In general, students are provided with instructions for how to formulate
a learning contract at the beginning of a course or unit of activity.
student then negotiates the contract with the instructor.
of that contract can be built into a summative assessment for the course
See the example above for a more detailed outline.
- Provide examples
- Carefully explain the student responsibility to complete the contract.
What accommodations may be needed for students with disabilities or other
special needs? This lesson requires few if any accommodations. Most text
to speech and speech to text programs can function within most asynchronous
discussion tools. The bandwidth requirements are also low. The contract itself
can serve as a negotiation of accommodations that will be made on future
Learning contracts are generally completed in under an hour, but may require
negotiation time. They are usually completed at the beginning of a course
or unit of activity.
Ideas for Lesson Evaluation and Teacher Reflection:
How did the students like the lesson? End of semester evaluations should
ask about the usefulness and learning accomplished through such activities.
How was student learning verified? Here it is a matter of whether or not
the student actually completes the learning contract and the points contained
within it. The contract is more of a guide for future assessments and their
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