THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PERFORMANCE BASED LEARNING AGAINST TRADITIONAL LEARNING FROM A MASTER TEACHER POINT OF VIEW
MRS. YOLANDA DATU- BACANI
Is it true that the end justifies the means? A question I try to decipher with the current dilemma our learners are facing since the birth of the K-12 curriculum. There’s no doubt we’re sort of catching up with our neighbors on this part of Asia in terms of this. No need to study another year or more to qualify for a certain position overseas and we are said to be globally competitive a year from now! But how about our learners now?
Throw back time, a decade ago, teacher assigned a group to report a particular lesson and later will ask if they’re really know the concepts taken from the topic. Rote method is always been the target strategy for this. Other subject teacher will be doing the same rote method for the student to master what they’ve memorized about the given lesson on that day. The educator will then write the grade under performance and recitation hitting two birds in one stone so to speak.
Fast forward, teacher assigned the class to group themselves and given different task according to the pace each group can handle. Differentiated instruction is the target strategy. The K-12 mentor will later write the grade under performance only and will need to rely on a rubrics for the interpretation of the grade. The other subject will also support each performances using rubrics to get their performance -based grade. An output that oftentimes affect the performance of the learner as the hour passes by for their next one from the other subjects. It sacrifices more often than not the quality since it’s quite tiring to do performances one after the other on a daily basis.
As an educator, we advocate learning new strategies and always ready to embrace chance with an open hand and heart. Needless to say much but with the current situation of our learners, maybe let’s refine or should I say incorporate our traditional learning vis-à-vis with the performance based learning . By this manner, Our learners will again not only enjoy group activities but will have lesser work but may gathered grades from two or even all of the needed components to pass their subjects. And in that scenario learners will be more inspired to do all of those task given to them. Just saying…
The author is Master Teacher I (TLE) at San Pablo 2nd National High School