In 26 years as a teacher, I’ve seen a lot of changes, some more effective than others. In all that time, my school’s switch to competency-based education has been my favorite change because it made my objectives clearer to me and more transparent to my students and their parents.
At Twinfield Union School in Vermont, we’ve always taught toward learning objectives, but since we adopted a CBE approach, those objectives have become so much more clear to students. They understand what they’re trying to learn, the skills they’re trying to develop and the steps they need to take to learn them.
It’s so much easier for them to take control of their own education.