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.

Strategy Resources (3)
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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Routines and Procedures
Meet and Greet/Class Meeting

As a blended learning practitioner, I have learned that it's critically important to develop a classroom culture infused with respect and a collaborative spirit. Cultivating and nurturing this culture is especially important in my classroom where so much of the learning is self-paced and the content is largely accessed digitally. The Meet and Greet is a strategy I use to start each day in order to model positive student-teacher interaction, to assess individual student's state of mind quickly, and to motivate my students to engage with the content right away. Our weekly Class Meeting is another strategy that promotes a positive and collaborative classroom culture. In first part of each Class Meeting, my students are nominated for "shout-outs" by their classmates for specific effort and achievement they have demonstrated in the previous week. In the second part of the Class Meeting (please see the "Class Forum" strategy video), my students identify ways in which the class can improve and they suggest potential solutions to difficulties they are experiencing. The Meet and Greet and the Class Meeting are strategies that allow me to express my respect for my students and their experience of learning. Implementing these strategies has resulted in higher degrees of student ownership, responsibility, and engagement.

 
Academic Culture
Introduction to Mastery Based Learning

In the traditional classroom, time is constant and understanding is variable from student to student. The Flipped Mastery model inverts the traditional relationship between time and understanding, letting understanding be the constant and time be variable. All of my students are held to the same high standards, but they master standards at a pace they feel comfortable with and are ready for. Initially, many of my students are confused about what a self-paced mastery-based class is all about, so my co-teacher and I find it helpful to introduce the concept to our students in a very strategic and explicit way at the beginning of each school year. 

 
Routines and Procedures
Student Filing

I was spending an hour every day filing students' graded quizzes when we realized, "Why are we doing all this filing? Students could easily do this themselves." Since the number one thing we are trying to get students to do is take ownership over their learning, we decided to have students file their own papers, cutting down on a lot of menial work for us and giving students a chance to see a physical record of what they had and had not mastered.

 
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