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Standards, Competencies, and Objectives

Standards, Competencies, and Objectives

Author: Katie Hou

In this lesson, you will learn about the hierarchy of instruction planning, from standards to competencies to unit objectives.

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Notes on “Standards, Competencies, and Objectives”


(00:00-00:19) Introduction

(00:20-01:49) Standards

(01:50-02:49) Competencies

(02:50-03:21) Unit Objectives

(03:22-04:54) SMART Goals and Sample Unit Objectives

(04:55-06:28) Relationship

(06:29-07:46) Unit Example

(07:47-09:00) 1:1 Environment

(09:01-09:29) Reflection

(09:30-09:57) Conclusion


Additional Resources

ISTE Standards: Students

The student standards include the six key areas for students' appropriate use of technology in their learning: creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, research and informational fluency, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making, digital citizenship, and technology operations and concepts.

ISTE: Standards for Teachers

The teacher standards include the five key areas for teachers' appropriate use of technology in their teaching: Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity, design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments, model digital age work and learning, promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility, and engage in professional growth and leadership.

Common Core State Standards

This is the official website for the Common Core ELA and Math Standards. This web site is an easy to navigate portal that includes the ELA Anchor Standards, Standards by Grade, Literacy Standards for History and Social Studies, Literacy Standards for Science and Technical Subjects, Math Practice Standards, and Math Standards by Grade. The site also provides the appendices to the standards, which include student work samples, suggested texts, implementation guidance, and instructional strategies.

Competency Works

This is a comprehensive website that examines competency based education and provides great resources for teachers. The link provided is a useful resource for teachers interested in understanding the what and whys of competency based education. To develop a deeper understanding of CBE, click on the link that brings you to an extended definition of CBE.