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Magazine Issue 63: MASTERY TEACHING 2
September 2015

This month: Thoughts about Mastery Teaching Part 2

Article: Mastery Teaching 2
New Resources
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This Month's Article:

Mastery Teaching 2

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Mastery Teaching 2 An Article describing one way to structure a lesson around Mastery principles.

This is a Free Sample Resource

Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Mastery Planning
Mastery Teaching Recap

Mastery teaching aims for all pupils to make the progress they can, rather than leaving some behind if they don't keep up with the pace of the curriculum. It uses frequent assessments of small, discrete learning steps to know quickly who can move on and who needs more time.

Sounds great on the page but in the classroom it's a different matter. How can we organise the environment and plan lessons so that Mastery learning happens?

James Gould has developed a starting point for you to try out:

Download the planning sheet here.

James tells us:

The lesson starts with a very quick aim - an introduction and a catch up from last time. This is the bit that used to go on for 20 minutes if I wasn't careful. Then I do the first ‘fire’, a starter task to see who can already do what towards the lesson objective. I'm looking at this point to assess in the moment and split the class into two groups. The ones that succeed are group 1, the ones that can’t yet are group 2.

While this is happening group 2 are with me and they get the teaching, ‘aim’ - the longer bit I used to do for everyone at the start of the lesson. Then, after I've worked with them, they can get going with independent work – something they were unable to grasp at the first ‘fire’ but now they can have a shot (the second ‘fire’). If they finish they can do the Mastery Questions to embed that learning.

When group 2 are on task group 1 can have their teaching input, at the next level to the first group. Then when they go onto do their second ‘fire’ it will be something they were unable to do at the start of the lesson.

The lesson can then finish with a traditional plenary if it is appropriate: to see if they have got the shot, or to give them a heads up for what’s coming tomorrow.

When I have done lesson this way it has gone down well. The ones who get the first ‘fire’ are challenged by the Mastery Questions, which is good. All the students are making progress in the lesson, and additionally, they are motivated right from the start because they want to be in the first group who get to work independently as soon as possible.

Something I have found very interesting is that it is not always the higher students who move to the Mastery Questions. As we all know people are good at different things, and at different time, and this way of teaching is a useful way to pitch each topic appropriately for each child.

Thanks for sharing James. If you'd like to get in touch with James, drop me a line and I'll pass on your details.


New Resources:

Mastery Planner

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Mastery Planner A Planning Sheet to help you structure a lesson around Mastery principles.

Categories: Other Resources, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Mastery Planning
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Mastery Q Thinking

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Mastery Q Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool for prompting deeper independent thinking and, as a consequence, improving recall.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, All Ages, Any Subject

Tags: Mastery Questioning
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Mastery Q Thinking Powerpoint

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Mastery Q Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint for introducing and customising Mastery Q Thinking. Includes guidance and a Literacy example.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, All Ages, Any Subject

Tags: Mastery Questioning
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Values Think Sheet - Ambition

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Values Think Sheet - Ambition A Think Sheet to help deepen understanding of ambition.

Categories: Think Sheet, Teaching & Learning, PSHE, All Ages

Tags: Values Ambition
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Books to help you develop your teaching

Creating Extra-Ordinary Teachers
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Creating Extra-Ordinary Teachers <br> by Mike Fleetham & Branton Shearer A Book, Creating Extra-Ordinary Teachers: Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom and Beyond, that was co-authored by Dr Branton Shearer. It demonstrates how to use MI to enrich teaching and leadership, and how to inspire others to do the same. It'll give you a useful edge in your role as coach or innovative teacher. Includes a free online MI profile and development activities.

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Thinking Classroom Archive:

Mastery Teaching 1

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Mastery Teaching 1 A joint Article co-authored with NQT James Gould from Leicester describing a very neat lesson structure for getting the most out of your pupils. Part 2 next time.

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Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Educators, Any Subject

Tags: Mastery Planning

Values Think Sheet - Resilience

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Values Think Sheet - Resilience A Think Sheet to help pupils think about resilience - but coming from a creative point of view to help deepen understanding.

Categories: Think Sheet, Teaching & Learning, PSHE, All Ages

Tags: Values Resilience Grit
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Power Question Thinking

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Power Question Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool to extend questioning and deepen understanding. For use in assessment tasks, plenaries and AfL in the moment.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Questioning, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Questioning Assessment
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Hotter Thinking

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Hotter Thinking Thinking Skills Tool that helps you to reflect on the type of questions that you use most in class and then to develop a broader range of higher order prompts.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Questioning, Any Subject, Educators, Thinking Skills

Tags: Bloom's Taxonomy Questioning
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Books:

Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind
by Eric Jenson

Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind <br>by Eric Jenson 5 years of quality teaching can completely close the achievement gap between poor and more advantaged students. But which research and classroom techniques should we use to do this? Jensen's mighty follow up to his 2009 Teaching with Poverty in Mind clearly shows us how - with evidence to justify his approach.

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Categories: Suggested Books, Teaching & Learning, Children

Tags: Poverty Grit Growth Mindset

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Lessons of Mastery Learning

Lessons of Mastery Learning An ASCD archive article by Thomas R. Guskey describing clearly the key elements of mastery learning.

www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/oct10/vol68/num02/Lessons-of-Mastery-Learning.aspx

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Categories: Blogs, Teaching & Learning

Tags: Mastery Learning ASCD

The Roses of Success

The Roses of Success If you want a gritty, growth mindset theme tune for the new school year, then here it is! Grow the Roses from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GND10sWq0n0

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Categories: Websites, Teaching & Learning

Tags: Grit Growth Mindset Success Mistake

Next month we think about...Assessment