Benefits of Mastery
The culture of a mastery classroom is different. Students have more of a growth mindset or the “I can do it if I work at it”, “not yet”, or “Try Fail, Try Fail, Try Again then Success” mindset. In a non-mastery classroom if a student failed an assessment, it reinforces the student’s idea that “I am not good at math.” But in a mastery classroom if students fail an assessment, they have the attitude that they are going to go back and relearn the material so that I can master the concepts.
There is a big change in the conversations within the mastery classroom. The student-to-student conversations or the student-to-teacher conversations are more focused on learning the material rather than just getting the assignment done like is often true in a non-mastery classroom.
Students view the homework problems as a tool for learning the material versus something they have to get done even if the
y do not learn anything from it.
Students in a mastery classroom take more pride and ownership of their own learning.
When a student does fail your course, you have an exact record of what they know and what they do not know. So it is relatively easy to get their grade up to a C if they want to. This can easily be done by having them attend your “summer school” for only a few days and focus specifically on the concepts they do not understand versus needing to retake the whole course next school year or in full summer school session.
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