Five Musts for Mastery

Getting students to “mastery” implies that they have mastered a concept, have learned everything there is to know about it, and are ready to move on. This definition of mastery doesn’t sit well with me. I’ve studied topics for years and never “mastered” them. In fact, I earned my master’s degree in education more than a decade ago, but I learn how to be a better teacher every day. Each interaction with a student, every conference I attend, and daily conversations with colleagues continually expand my understanding. I can always learn more and explore a topic further.

  1. Creativity and Play
  2. Student-Centered Learning
  3. The Freedom to Choose
  4. Shared Goal Setting
  5. Timely and Specific Feedback

Read the entire article by Caitlin Tucker on Educational Leadership at http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/dec13/vol71/num04/Five-Musts-for-Mastery.aspx

Commentary On Five Musts for Mastery

There is a rapid conversation going on across our country to better understand how blended learning and education technology can support students and help them stay on pace and make progress in competency-based schools. Catlin Tucker’s Five Musts for Mastery in the EL issue on Getting Students to Mastery gives us a start in thinking about this – using technology to offer more opportunities for creativity and play; more voice and participation (what she calls student-centered learning); more choice; and timely feedback.

Read the entire article by Chris Sturgis on CompetencyWorks at http://www.competencyworks.org/2013/12/on-five-musts-for-mastery/

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