It’s Mastery Week

So, this year I am trying something new — something new to me, and something new to my students. It’s inspired by an idea that I got from reading Passionate Learners by Pernille Ripp (@pernilleripp) and is the notion that students should have say over when and how they demonstrate mastery of a concept.

We have just come through our first concept in mathematics and literacy, and so this week, my students will be engaged in activities of their own choosing that they will submit to me to demonstrate their mastery of the learning intentions we have been working towards. In addition, each students will conference with me about their learning and will help make the decision about their marks at this point in time.

This is totally new to them. And they struggled a bit when I told them that I wanted them to design a task to show me what they have learned. There were a lot of blank stares, and confused looks, but then, as they saw the potential of what I was giving them time for, the ideas started flowing. They started seeing connections between the different learning intentions in different subjects. It was like watching them put the pieces of a puzzle together — realizing that it’s all connected!

I’m excited to see what they come up with. 🙂


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