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"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. --Albert Einstein"
The goal of any instructional sequence or curricula is to help a learner acquire, enjoy, and use some skill in a real life scenario. Having a clear end goal of when we are successful at teaching anything is at the heart of the Precision Measurement process and begins with the process of “pinpointing.”
Our instructors have spent years perfecting an online model that allows for individualization and empowerment. We help parents and students get on the same page with each of the items above (values, goals, and committed action). The past 3 years of hard work are beginning to really pay off - our students are consistently accomplishing goals related to their passion in the face of distractions and barriers.
That age old adage of a picture is worth a thousand words can be brought right into our own performance data, as all data share a rich and vibrant story of one's life.
Baer, Wolf and Risley (1968) laid the foundations for what constitutes ABA. They included seven key characteristics that must be met each time in order for a Behavior Analyst to say that they are "Doing ABA."
In the educational realm this has lead to the development of a standard of expecting at least twice the growth of meaningful targets (reading, math, social skills, etc.) than typical school systems. So not only does the consumer know what to expect on their investment, but the students enjoy this process as well. Their needs are met, they're challenged, and they understand the process and point of it all given the self-monitoring component inherent in Precision Measurement.
The most important thing to know about our field is that it has grown and expanded significantly since the early work began. Many are not aware of this work - so that's why we began this blog. There's entire branches that are achieving great success...
What's your gifted student planning to achieve next year? Are there visions that you both share? Perhaps there are social, academic, or personal goals that you intend to achieve over summer, or perhaps even the next year or two. Is your family or staff geared up to help support them in their endeavors?