, Summer 2 TermBook Review on Teaching for CompetenceFor my book review I chose Teaching for Competence by Norman Higgins and Howard Sullivan.The authors feel that teachers and students will teach and learn more effectively by using C.B.I.
or Competency based instruction.When using the C.B.I. approach teachers will clearly state to students the defined objectives, give effective types of instruction, and lastly teachers will assess the students.When preparing your own objectives they need to be stated to the students in a written form where the students can identify with these objectives over the course of study.The class’s activities may be included in a summary but should not be confused with the written objective.
- Thesis Statement
- Structure and Outline
- Voice and Grammar
The authors also suggest, that objectives should be worthwhile as well as clearly stated to the students.When writing objectives there are certain verbs that can be used to help convey meaning.For example, when used in test instructions the verb ‘select’ directs students to perform an observable and measurable specific action as opposed to a verb that might describe an internal state such as ‘analyze’.
The teacher can determine what content she should apply to the objective.The objective needs to be a skill that the student could use in life and be able to use in content.Competency based instruction should lead to effective instruction by the teacher.Therefore, if the teacher gives proper instruction to the students, then they will in turn gain some measure of competency.In summarizing this section of the book, effective instruction should be presented in a clear and concise manner.The teacher should provide practice and feed back responses in order to meet the objective that has been stated.The practice can be individual, partner, or group exercises.
Usually the frequency of the practice will depend on if the students have a grasp or understanding of the lesson.The acknowledgement of results can be an effective tool in helping students learn the lesson.Feedback responses from the teacher should be given whether the student is correct or incorrect. Feedback should also be given throuought the instruction and not just at the end.Effective instruction ends with a brief review of the lesson that has been taught.
The last section of the book explains how assessment should be developed in the C.B.I. method.When writing an assessment item, students must fulfill the specific task that was stated in the objective.
In other words the teacher should make tests from her objectives.A clearly written assessment should be given in a way that the students understand exactly what is expected of them.Teachers use tests to assess but other means of assessing students can be by identifying, naming, or reporting on complex or attitude-related performances.This book would be helpful and accommodating to a teacher if she had no idea or concept of teaching.As a teacher, I feel the authors wrote a book about a method that we as future or present educators should already know.
I already teach using many aspects of the C.B.I. method.The book certainly gave me additional ideas on writing classroom objectives and assessment for preparing my own lesson plans.My lesson plans are submitted to our assistant principal and I was always.