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Methods for increasing understanding of mastery to key stakeholders as laid out in the Framework for Mastery Implementation.

  • Mastery-related visuals around school, around classroomsMacintosh HD:Users:admin:Desktop:Screen Shot 2016-10-12 at 7.37.06 PM.png

Visually communicating expectations and student progress provides useful context and information for learners about the learning art, and their own place as they progress along the arc to mastering outcomes, and criteria for success. Some teachers/schools create progression maps for learning and post them around the room. Students can design their own avatars for this classroom system, so others can see their progress and ask for their feedback and support on outcomes they have already answered. In a mastery classroom with good visual messaging, students can consult the map to see who has mastered a given outcome, so when they ”ask three before me” it is not just any three—but instead a peer who has expertise and can be of use to the questioning student.

  • Shared language within and across classrooms

The mastery message is amplified by using shared language (and possibly shared learning outcomes) across classrooms, so students understand the big picture about how and why a given skill is important enough to work on till it is mastered.

  • Strategic messaging to families, visitors, postsecondary schools and workplaces

A major goal of this endeavor is clarity and transparency, and building shared expectations, not just between students and teachers, but for every stakeholder in the student’s sphere. Student and family handbooks can include useful explanations of mastery-based grading and its focus on growth and learning rather than on grades, grading policies, systems for students to use flexible pacing along the road to full mastery of all outcomes, etc.

Subpages (1): Mastery-related Visuals