A High School’s CTS Program Story:
Steps in The Journey Towards Understanding and Assessing the Basic Competencies
“Did you bring your pencil to class? Did you speak during a class discussion? Did you arrive late…again?”
These teachers wanted to rebuild the culture in their classes through developing basic competencies…they wanted a common understanding amongst themselves and their students. Once the competencies were intentional embedded, how would the depth of student learning and engagement improve? AND so the conversations and questions began. What common language would be shared and what would an authentic platform for assessment look like? They wanted the competencies to be visible and an integral part of their classes. A shift had to happen.
Competencies as we know, are the “Combinations of knowledge, skills and attitudes that students develop and apply for successful learning, living and working.” (Gov.Alberta) In the CTS world, the basic competencies are placed into three categories; Fundamental, Personal Management and Teamwork Skills.
Teachers then threw their walkers aside, and started running.