The curriculum-driven instructional model has been the standard method of teaching for more than a century, but it is consistently failing to produce well-educated citizens and lifelong learners. Pressured by standardized testing and rigid pacing guidelines, teachers are forced to cover too much content too quickly, without being able to meet the needs of individual students. In this powerful new book from acclaimed author and speaker Bob Sornson, you'll learn how shifting from curriculum-based instruction to competency based learning can help students become more successful, confident, and engaged learners. Topics include:
Understanding the curriculum-driven model and the problems with "cover and sort" methodology;
Making the transition from curriculum-driven to competency based learning;
Identifying crucial learning outcomes and giving students all the time and instruction needed to fully master these outcomes;
Building a positive teaching and learning environment;
Each chapter is short and easy to digest, and provides compelling research, strategies, and anecdotes to inspire conversation and action. Teachers, administrators, and community leaders will all find helpful resources and arguments for re-working our current educational system into a new, dynamic model of teaching and learning.
Bob Sornson is the founder of the Early Learning Foundation and is a former classroom teacher and school administrator. He works with schools and education organizations across the country, focusing primarily on developing comprehensive programs that support early learning success.
About the Author Acknowledgements Reader's Guide Introduction 1. Looking Back, A Parent's Remembrance 2. Informed Instruction Leads to Competency, Part One 3. The Curriculum Driven Model 4. Standardized Delivery of Instruction 5. Failing to Meet Society's Learning Needs 6. Making the Case for Change 7. Giving up Unproductive Mental Models 8. When Coverage is Enough 9. Personalized Learning and Competency 10. Principles of Instruction Leading to Competency 11. Teaching Differently 12. Identifying Crucial Outcomes 13. Planning Instruction to Meet Students' Needs 14. Self-regulation and Intrinsic Motivation 15. Building a Positive Environment for Learning 16. Creating a Learning Organizational Culture 17. Learning for Understanding and Application 18. Masters of the Trade: Game Designers 19. State Competency Based Learning Initiatives 20. Competency Based Learning in Post-secondary Education 21. Competency Based Learning in Secondary Schools 22. Competency Based Learning in Elementary and Pre-schools 23. Teacher Education: Building Pathways to Skills That Matter 24. Distracted by the Debate Over What to Cover 25. Defending Curriculum Driven Instruction 26. Transitioning from Curriculum Driven to Competency Based Learning 27. Informed Instruction Leads to Competency, Part Two 28. Conclusion: The Spirit of Transformation Appendix 1: Organizational Self-Assessment for Readiness to Implement Competency Based Learning Appendix 2: Resources for the Further Study of Competency Based Learning Study Guide References