Students Can Learn On Their Own



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Robert Jackson

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Declaration of Independence

Teachers and parent-teachers, you can't do your job alone. You need good materials to assist you. With good materials students will work independently and will persist at their work. With good materials your teaching task is manageable.

It is virtually impossible to individualize instruction without individualized learning materials. Having students work on their own is a hallmark of individualized instruction.

Section I provides background. Section II makes suggestions about how teachers can best manage students' independent work. Section III provides lists of available independent-learning materials K-12. Section IV is a list of the publishers referred in Section III.

The author of this site has no interest in any publisher and receives no compensation from any.

Section I

Background: Principles of Teaching

Two Kinds of Assignments

Assigned School Work: Part of a Continuum?

Mastery: Is It Practical?

School Work: Do Students See It as Purposeful?

Asking Students Questions

Whole Class Instruction: Is It Out of Date?

Section II

Strategies for Managing Students' Independent Work

Choosing Work According to the Curriculum

Test Often, Test Widely

Keeping a Studious Classroom

Obtaining Student Commitment to Independent Work

Providing for Student Management of Classroom Materials

Choosing Learning Materials for the Independent Learner:

Trade Books



The Internet/On-line Services

Rewarding Accomplishment

Sending Independent-Study Work Home

Section III

Learning Materials for Independent Learners

Learning to Use Computers/Using Computers

Foreign Languages

Language Arts/Reading/Literature

Library/Work/Study Skills/Research

Logic/Critical Thinking/Creative Thinking/Art/Interpersonal Skills/Across the Curriculum


Science/Health/Social Studies/Environment


Independent-Study Courses By Correspondence

Courses on the Internet/On-Line

Internet Resources for Students

Section IV

List of Publishers

Teachers grades 5-12: willing to try out my reading comprehension tests?

Test Directions

Classroom teachers might find some useful suggestions in my page for substitute teachers:

A Packet for Substitute Teachers

Site for first-grade teachers:

Teaching First Grade - A Good Year

Site for sixth-grade teachers:

Teaching Sixth Grade - A Good Year

Try out home hygiene site You Should Have Told Me - Home Hygiene and Home Routines. There are a few choice suggestions in it that you might want to use every day!

Health enthusiasts might be interested in my site recommending (not generally known) daily health habits:

Health Tips: How to Prevent Hemorrhoids, Bladder Infections, and Heartburn (for a start)

Atheists might be interested in my site for atheists:

Depression, Anxiety, and Worry - What Can an Atheist (or anyone else) Do About Them

Pestered by unwanted thoughts and feelings? Try my Web site:

Commonplace, Ordinary, Everyday Life - Choosing Good Nature

Food for thought:

Bad Habits of Mind

Diet without dieting - a new approach:

The Sherlock Holmes Diet - Losing Weight Naturally by Knowing How to Eat

Advice/Tips/Suggestions/"How To" for Principals:

Advice/Tips/Suggestions/"How To" For Principals

Want to improve your reading comprehension? Take my quizzes:

Reading Comprehension Quizzes