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Ryan is a second grade student who has special interests and abilities in school. He described his grades as above average in math, above average in science, above average in reading, and above average in social studies. He seems to have several areas of interest. His
primary interest appears to be in
. He seems to like physical activity and may be interested in learning about sports, nutrition, physical therapy, or sports medicine.
second area of interest appears to be in
history & social studies
. He seems to have an interest in studying the past to learn about famous historical figures and events, antiques, old photographs, and/or oral histories (talking to people about their past experiences).
third area of interest appears to be in
. He seems to enjoy learning about scientific subjects such as biology, chemistry, environmental protection, animals, or geology and doing something with this knowledge, such as working on an experiment or a science project, or collecting items such as leaves or insects.
Ryan also has specific preferred instructional styles. Learning or instructional styles are the ways students like to learn and the strategies parents and teachers use to help them learn. Ryan has very clearly defined learning preferences. His
preferred instructional style is through
that enable him to learn content by playing games or participating in activities with cards, board games, or even electronic games. These activities can be completed individually, in small groups of students, or in a whole class of students. His
second choice of learning style is
working in groups
, as he enjoys working together with other students in or out of class. Ryan
in a topic of choice. Although he does like working independently, Ryan may be interested in sharing some responsibilities for this project with a small group of other interested students. It may be necessary for his teachers or other adults to help him with this independent work, as the final work may result in an advanced product, such as an experiment, a video, a service, a technology product such as a powerpoint, or an oral presentation.
Ryan also has a preferred product style. That is, he has certain kinds of products that he likes to complete. His
first product choice is
. He enjoys listening, playing, and/or thinking about various forms of music.His
second choice of product style is
as he likes to draw, paint, or sculpt, and may also enjoy choosing colors and working with design or texture. Ryan's
third choice of product style is
. He enjoys organizing attractive arrangements of objects, and/or likes to work on displaying information on boards or posters. He also may enjoy organizing materials and designing diagrams to visually display information.
As Ryan has a chance to consider some of his choices and think about what he really enjoys doing, it is our hope that these opportunities will enable him to fully develop his interests through the variety of exploratory activities in the Renzulli Learning System database. When he takes a virtual field trip to a museum, interviews a favorite author on the web, or explores an historical site on-line, he will be learning to further explore his interests and learning styles. These kinds of exploratory activities can introduce Ryan to new ideas and experiences and let him explore many possible interests.
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