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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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
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.  

 
Instructional Planning
Ben's Approach to Planning

Planning is an essential part of a blended teacher’s practice. In blended environments, where students can be at different points in a course on various modalities, blended teachers need to be very intentional about how they plan. Check out the video below to see how Ben plans for instruction in his blended classroom.


 
 
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