What is Precision Teaching and how ABC will be using it?
After attending an inspirational workshop about Precision Teaching, given by Tracey Mapp and Thanos Vostanis from the Tizard Center at Kent University , we are very excited to begin using the principles of Precision Teaching and the Standard Celeration Chart (SCC) with some of the individuals we support at of All Behaviour Consultancy.
Precision Teaching focuses on four main principles which are
- The child/learner knows best
- Focus on observable behaviours and describe these using pinpoints
- Use frequency measurements
- Use the Standard Celeration Chart (SCC)
We love these principles as at All Behaviour Consultancy. We always adopt a person centred approach and we aim to focus on the person and the environment. We particularly believe that the child knows best, which means that if the individual is not learning, then it is due to the environment or the teaching methods. We focus on looking at changing the environment or our approach when we feel our learners are being hindered.
Our commitment to using frequency measurements, when applicable at ABC was reinforced during the conference. Frequency measures show how many responses occurred in a specific time frame. This makes it easier to compare across days and sessions to better assess the effectiveness of our interventions.
The speakers were very informative and showed how effective the SCC can be at displaying data for a variety of behaviours, both for learning new skills and reducing of challenging behaviours.
The charts will allow us at All Behaviour Consultancy to assess our learners needs more accurately and make decisions based on data more effectively. For some of our learners we will begin using the SCC to refine interventions and help us teach more effectively. For some of our learners they may even be able to use Precision Teaching to support their own learning, as it lends itself nicely to self monitoring. So it is exciting to think some of our learners can use this tool themselves!