Competency education allows fourth grader Breton Lucas to dream of becoming a photographer in a big – and pretty unbearably adorable – way.
I hope it’s not in any way belittling his hard work and accomplishments to call it cute, but hearing him speak to KnowledgeWorks’ Vice President of Communications and Marketing, Cris Charbonneau, about conducting research, taking photographs, and synthesizing his ideas and work into a complete story melts my heart. Breton says he writes “every night before bed,” and benefits from having a teacher who is “a really amazing writer, too.”
When he speaks about a story he researched and wrote about goats – including taking his own photographs and printing and packaging it to share with teachers, friends, and family – it’s pretty cool to watch him make the connections between various disciplines. He also explains how having the opportunity to master and blend them prepares him for his dream of becoming a photographer.
Competency-based education has given Breton the opportunity to take ownership of his learning. He checks his learning plan at the beginning of every day of the week, and can meet challenges and see his own progress.
“You can always know where you’re going,” he says.