Independent Student Learning

Mastery Checklist

At the beginning of each trimester students are given a checklist to track their own mastery. As they progress through the lessons, they mark off what they have completed, in addition to the grade they received on each lesson. This acts as planner, letting students know at any given moment what they have completed, and what is left for them to learn to finish the trimester.

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Strategy Explanation
 
 
Mastery checklists help students keep on track towards completing lessons and the ultimate goal of passing the mastery quizzes and tests.
Student Handout
 
 
Trimester 2 checklist. I give them this checklist only when they complete the first trimester. Mastery checklists should be kept on the first page of their binder, and I usually print them on different colors.
Student Handout
 
 
This is the trimester 1 mastery checklist. For the first trimester, it's important to get students in the habit of using these. If not, when students come back from weekends or breaks, you'll be spending a lot of time looking up where students last left off.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Mastery checklists help students keep on track towards completing lessons and the ultimate goal of passing the mastery quizzes and tests.
Student Handout
 
 
Trimester 2 checklist. I give them this checklist only when they complete the first trimester. Mastery checklists should be kept on the first page of their binder, and I usually print them on different colors.
Student Handout
 
 
This is the trimester 1 mastery checklist. For the first trimester, it's important to get students in the habit of using these. If not, when students come back from weekends or breaks, you'll be spending a lot of time looking up where students last left off.
Benjamin Siegel
New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II
Bronx, NY


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Tenth grade
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Assessment & Data
Mastery Zone

My blended classroom is based on the Flipped Mastery model (please see the "Introduction to Mastery Based Learning" strategy video). When my students think that they have mastered the skills and concepts in a particular lesson, they show their completed notes to me or my co-teacher and get a Mastery Quiz. Students then head to the Mastery Zone, which is a section of the classroom reserved for students taking Mastery Quizzes and Level Tests. There is no talking in the Mastery Zone and the only technology permitted is a calculator. If they achieve at an 80% or higher rate, students move forward in the curriculum. If not, they review the concepts and materials in the lesson and re-take the Mastery Quiz in the Mastery Zone when they are ready. The Mastery Zone assessment strategy is a concept I adapted from the Algebros Flipped Mastery program.

 
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Routines and Procedures
Scholar Dollars

Keeping students motivated is very important in a self-paced course. Scholar Dollars is a strategy I developed to reward my students for working hard and making progress in the course. The concept of Scholar Dollars is pretty simple. Every time a student passes a Mastery Quiz, they receive five Scholar Dollars. Students receive 15 Scholar Dollars for passing a Level Test. Scholar Dollars can be used to buy school supplies, snacks, or even a pizza party. On random days, I switch up the payouts on Scholar Dollars - doubling the amount given, only paying for 100s on Mastery Quizzes or Level Tests, or giving all the Scholar Dollars earned on that day to one lucky student picked by lottery at the end of class.  

 
 
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