George Lucas Educational Foundation

Competency-Based Learning: Developing Mastery of Skills and Content

At Pittsfield Middle High School, students choose how they will show what they have learned.

This is part of a series that features key practices from Pittsfield Middle High School in New Hampshire.
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Marilyn Otter's picture
Marilyn Otter
Middle School Language Arts

I wish all schools would adopt this model with a caveat, which would be, students cannot keep choosing the same way to show what they understand. I particularly like that the students in this video are using academic language of the discipline.

Dr. Tonya Garcia-Arnold's picture
Dr. Tonya Garcia-Arnold
High School Science Instructional Coach

This strategy is highly effective in helping students to develop persistent learning. It is imperative that teachers have adequate and appropriate professional development and training in this strategy. How do we help teachers to become intuitive in creating classrooms where this strategy is prevalent?

Play2Health's picture
Educator and Parent

Hands on learning extends the experience. More schools need to adopt this methodology. Memorization fails to develop critical thinking skills, curiosity or creativity, which are skills that employers today and in the future demand. In today's technology driven work, the ability to innovate requires skills that can only be taught through experimentation and trial and error, this needs to be embraced.

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