4. The Multi-Dimensional Model: a framework for teaching


The three-question conceptual planning approach can help us to design a lesson, a project or a longer unit of work which meets all those areas of need identified in the REACH Model.

To do this, it uses a very practical framework, first trialled with gifted children back in the mid-80s and used successfully with many others since. Beginning with a very direct challenge to engage lively young minds, the model takes children through research and creative or exploratory phases to a stage designed to help them learn how to analyse meaning, reach conclusions, develop concepts, explore issues and form opinions and values. Finally, drawing on the final key concept from the REACH Model, the Multi-Dimensional Model guides children through a process of critiquing their own learning, a necessary step for the independent thinkers, creators and innovators of the future.

To find out more about this model, either:

  • for a full explanation plus examples, refer to Differentiation Made Practical, Cathcart,R., (2010), published by Essential Resources, available through www.learningnetwork.ac.nz or most booksellers, or
  • email us to register for an online course on this topic - reacheducation@xtra.co.nz.