__Mastery__
The
mastery approach allows students to work through material at their own pace.

Students will learn a concept/topic then when they are ready,
they take an assessment on that concept.
If they earn 80% or above on that concept, they move on to the next
concept and repeat. If they scored less
than 80% on the assessment, they need to go back and relearn the material and
try the assessment again. Homework is
not part of the grade, and students view it as a tool to learn the
concepts. There are a couple of types of
mastery. The first is true mastery, and
the second is practical mastery.

__True Mastery__
True mastery is the same as what is described above. Students are given as much time as they need
to get through the material. A few
students may only need half a year to get through a full year long course then
they can either move on to the next math class or take an elective. Most students will finish the year long
course in a year while a few students may need to 1.5 years to mastery all the
concepts in a course. With true mastery
it is easy for a math teacher to have several math “classes” throughout the day,
but within each math “class” they have students in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra
2, and maybe even Pre-Calculus. There
is no need to have separate homogeneous classes since students are all working at
their own pace. Students just need a
place to work on mathematics, and a teacher who can help them when they have
questions, need an assessment, or need an assessment graded. The Algebros (led by Spencer Bean spencer.bean@eu.dodea.edu , Michael Brust michael.brust@eu.dodea.edu , Timothy Kelly tim.kelly@eu.dodea.edu , and
Corey Sullivan corey.sullivan@eu.dodea.edu , who all teach in different US Department of
Defense schools in Germany) for the most part use this approach. Their web site is http://www.flippedmath.com/. One difference from true mastery that the
Algebros implement is that students who do not complete a yearlong course by
the end of the year are required to attend summer school to get caught up.

__Practical Mastery__
Practical mastery is what the Byron High School mathematics
department use and what a lot of schools use.
The true mastery does not work for a lot of schools because of either
required seat time and/or limitations of the individual school’s master schedule
(See note below for more details on why true mastery does not work in most
schools).

With practical mastery there is a set test date by which all
students must take the unit test. This
is beneficial for most students since they are more motivated to get concepts
completed when there is a deadline. We
give our students a recommended schedule they should follow for when they
should be taking each mastery quiz for the unit. Students who get behind sometimes need extra
motivation while others need extra help from the teacher or just more time on
particular topics.

Flipped Learning and Mastery (True Mastery or Practical
Mastery) work well together. Flipped
Mastery starts with students watching the video and taking notes on a concept
followed by practicing problems. Once
they feel confident they know the material from doing a self-check they take a
mastery quiz. Depending on how the
students do on the mastery quiz they will either move onto the next section or
go back and relearn the material.

Visti troyfaulkner.com and select Mastery Learning for for more information.

Visti troyfaulkner.com and select Mastery Learning for for more information.

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