Independent Student Learning

Mastery Checklists

I’ve been interested in the power of checklists ever since I read Atul Gawande’s Checklist Manifesto. His book highlights how simple checklists have revolutionized industries like architecture, aviation, and surgery. When students are regulating their own work pace, I offer them structure in the form of Mastery Checklists that provide guidance around individualized learning paths. Students start each day by looking at data from previous assessments, and adjusting action plans with learning goals for the day. Then they work through their checklists and update their Trello boards with finished work samples. By pairing Mastery Checklists with a visual organization tool like Trello, it’s easy for me to keep my finger on the pulse of each student’s activity, and guide them in the right direction.


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Teacher In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
The daily action planner is used to help students revisit their learning goals to use in conjunction with their mastery checklist. In this manner, my hope is that students will connect their work with their learning outcomes.
Presentation
 
 
The Mastery Checklist and Calendar Planner serve as self-monitoring tools so that students can reflect on what they hope to accomplish, and how they expect to go about it. Used with a daily action planner, these tools are integral parts of a self-paced classroom, as they help students monitor their own progress towards mastery.
Teacher In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
The daily action planner is used to help students revisit their learning goals to use in conjunction with their mastery checklist. In this manner, my hope is that students will connect their work with their learning outcomes.
Presentation
 
 
The Mastery Checklist and Calendar Planner serve as self-monitoring tools so that students can reflect on what they hope to accomplish, and how they expect to go about it. Used with a daily action planner, these tools are integral parts of a self-paced classroom, as they help students monitor their own progress towards mastery.
Jeff Astor
Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy High School
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Science
Grade:
Eleventh grade
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