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The West Learning Approach

Precision Teaching | Direct Instruction | Behavior Science

Precision Teaching

What

What

Precision Teaching is a precise method of measuring how a student is learning and whether they are reaching their goals.

Why

Why

Just because something was “taught” from the perspective of the instructor does not mean that learning occurred.  Furthermore, just because a student says they “know” something, does not mean that they actually do.  We rely on the behavior data and the well-researched standards to identify if the student understands a particular concept and is proficient at a specific skill.

Direct Instruction

What

What

Direct Instruction, a teaching method developed by Siegfried Engelmann and his colleagues at the University of Oregon, has proven to be the most effective instructional method available for teaching basic and advanced skills in reading, writing, spelling, math and language development.

Why

Why

Direct instruction is based on a fundamental principle that all students, if properly taught, can learn. Direct instruction not only aims for mastery of academic content,but has the responsiveness to identify when a student needs a change in pace. DI emphasizes teacher-learner communication, maximizes effectiveness of the limited time we have with our learners, and is fundamentally inclusive and optimistic.

Behavior Science and Objectives

What

What

The science of behavior, reveals that human behavior is a function of its consequences: People do what they do because of what happens to them when they do it. Understanding the impact of consequences allows educators to predict and positively influence behavior to accelerate a learner’s performance. People will do, as a matter of habit, what brings them a positive experience.

Why

Why

It’s important that the student is receptive to instruction. The most effective method to promote a student’s progress is to provide consistent feedback and rewards for diligent effort and for successful work. Our approach is to specify a plan for what we are going to teach and a strategy to implement that plan so that the learner is guaranteed to learn. In short, we create a roadmap to take a learner from A to B as quickly and efficiently as possible. These objectives are sequenced to provide the most efficient learning path. Each learning outcome adds another skill.

Importantly, behavioral objectives are directly measurable by the teacher, parent, or anyone who needs the information. For example, a behavioral objective might be: “The student can see and say 50 – 60 sounds and/or sound combinations in one minute without making more than 2 errors.” This statement is easily understood, easily measured and delivers numerical scores which are easily compared to previous scores to determine progress.