Mastery Learning in the Science Classroom: Success for Every by Kelly Morgan

By Kelly Morgan

In those pages, Kelly Morgan provides a compelling case for imposing a mastery studying technological know-how school room after which exhibits us tips to do it. utilizing research-based pupil functionality facts, Morgan compiles notable data that help her statement that mastery studying leads to greater scholar studying and motivation. exhibiting demanding situations in addition to advantages, this article covers a step by step implementation from the conventional lecture room to a mastery school room, besides pattern worksheets, checklists, a instructor grading grid, and extra assets. starting with the author's own adventure in bankruptcy 1, "Why Did I thoroughly switch My Classroom?" mastery studying is then outlined, approached utilizing research-based thoughts, and seen via functional purposes that may solution each query a instructor, father or mother, or central may have approximately this system. And for the main points, a bankruptcy known as "How Mastery studying may glance" offers a versatile version for readers to exploit or adjust to slot any grade point or content material sector.

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So after introducing myself on the first day of school, I told them that I believed that they all could learn it, I explained my dissatisfaction with the ability of students to skate by and pass without really ever learning anything, and I assured them that I would not move on without them nor would I hold anyone back who was ready to go on. I explained that I have enough respect for the students who get a concept to let them move on, and I have enough respect for the students who don’t get a concept to stick with them until they get it.

Lectures and group discussions Lectures still existed in this mastery classroom format—just in a far more useful and effective way. Usually a lecture would come about when a group of three to four students said they needed me to explain something to them, and I’d ask other students working on the same section if they wanted to join in. Then this small group of students (usually 3 to 10) would gather around the front demonstration table by the whiteboard while I gave a mini-lecture or held a small-group discussion.

Org. Learning Opportunities I no longer called anything an assignment; instead, I now used the term learning opportunity. I found this simple change in name could change the emphasis from “this was assigned so I have to do it but I don’t really see why other than Mastery learning in the science classroom: success for every student Copyright © 2011 NSTA. All rights reserved. org/permissions. ” The exact list of learning opportunities available for each section varied depending on the nature of that section, but the following options were often included: • • • • • • • • Guided reading worksheets Answering questions at the end of the section in the book Practice worksheets for sections that included practicable skills Watching a narrated PowerPoint lecture on the classroom computers (more information about this is in the “Use of Technology” section later in this chapter) Taking notes Creating diagrams or drawings Filling in content organizers Discussing a concept with peers or with me I would sometimes suggest or steer students toward a particular choice for a particular section depending on the concept involved, but the students were free to choose one or more of the learning opportunities based on their preferences.

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