The Science of the Individual

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Spring 2018 TLC, S18TLCDCS4, Developmental and Cognitive Sciences, individual student needs
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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS III: Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
    • Element A: Teachers demonstrate knowledge about the ways in which learning takes place, including the levels of intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of their students.
    • Element B: Teachers use formal and informal methods to assess student learning, provide feedback, and use results to inform planning and instruction.
    • Element C: Teachers integrate and utilize appropriate available technology to engage students in authentic learning experiences.
  • QS II: Teachers establish a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
    • Element B: Teachers demonstrate an awareness of, a commitment to, and a respect for multiple aspects of diversity, while working toward common goals as a community of learners.

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The article captures the idea that there is no such thing as average, and in education, that students are individuals.  Diving deeper is a 50-minute Talks at Google video by Todd Rose.  He enlightens on the history and where the individual science came from.  He also describes the three principles of individuality that clarifies how to take advantage of this new science in education, business, and life. 

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Juliani, A. (2017, September 19). The Science of the Individual (why average doesn't make sense in school). Retrieved from