Teach for Mastery Learning

Teaching for Mastery Learning means that teachers only move on to the next subject once everyone has mastered a current unit. In other words, there’s no “good enough” – only “perfect”! Traditionally we set a fixed amount of time to study a unit and allow for flexible outcomes. For example, 1 year of basic algebra returns students with grades from A to F. Teaching for Mastery turns this around. All students attain an A even if it requires more than a year. For example, a math teacher ensures that everybody knows how to compute addition (7+3) before going on to more difficult units, such as multiplication (3*7) or division (7/3). This prevents growing knowledge gaps and increases unity among classmates with no one left behind. Teaching for mastery demands perfection. If you ask “at what temperature does water start boiling?” don’t accept “One Hundred”. Dig deeper until the student replies that “The boiling point of water depends on the atmospheric pressure, which changes according to elevation. At sea level it is 100°C but it boils at a lower temperature in higher altitudes”. Teaching for mastery requires clear learning goals, detailed tracking of students’ progress and diverse opportunities to catch up for those who fall behind. Some schools even re-organize classes by the students’ level of understanding instead of age. If you are interested to learn more about this method please checkout the links in the description and let us know in the comments how you can see it applied in class. The KahnAcademy.org features great examples on how to set clear learning goals with it’s knowledge map and study videos for students who need to catch up. We’re releasing videos regularly so don’t forget to subscribe and like us on facebook. Thank you for watching.

7 thoughts on “Teach for Mastery Learning”

  1. Sorry, but I can't see how this would be beneficial to those who already get A's. I'm sure there's an explanation though.

  2. Sadly, your understanding of Mastery Learning is deeply flawed and wrong. It concerns me that nearly 14000 people have viewed this video, and granted I have only watched it to half way, but as someone who did his PhD on the topic, you need to delete this video or edit it significantly. Nowhere does Bloom talk about "perfection". Your video repeatedly focuses on this and it is so wrong for you to do so. The focus for mastery is breaking units up into smaller sized units and allowing students to progress at their own pace (not in a teacher centred way as you propose in your video) in order to gain access to the kind of learning environment similar to that of a one to one tutor learner experience. Mastery is NOT about PERFECTION! It is about creating the optimal learning environment and giving students as many chances as they need to demonstrate success (mastery) according to given criteria and when provided with prompt feedback. I could elaborate more, but I will leave it there. Nice animations and video, but your content and ideas are so wrong. Please read any article by Thomas Guskey, Block, or Bloom himself. Look at the 2 sigma effect before you go onto social media and publish something that is so badly wrong.

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