What is Precision Teaching?
A key element of Precision Teaching is the dictum that “the child knows best” (Ogden Lindsley, 1972). Based on B.F. Skinner’s famous statement that “the organism is always right,” Lindsley taught Precision Teachers to assume that learners respond in lawful ways to environmental variables and that if learners behave in an undesirable way it is the responsibility of teachers to alter those variables until they produce the desired result. This assumption flies in the face of traditional educational practices that tend to label and to blame students for failure rather than instructional methods.
Daily measurement of performance is a key element of Precision Teaching. Daily recording of students’ performance enables Precision Teachers and their students to identify and to take advantage of variables that cause changes in performance during the learning process.
See Precision Teaching for a full history of what makes PT such a critical tool to obtain transformational learning outcomes.