December's online MC session was a hit!
On December 17, teachers Jared Sutton and Jason James presented Setting Expectations and Giving Feedback in Mastery Classrooms, the topic chosen by popular demand from MC members. Jared and Jason presented the mastery system they use in their math and science classes at Carroll Gardens School for Innovation (aka CGSI, MS 442). They then led a discussion about using mastery to set clear expectations and generate useful feedback cycles for students.
Jason, who teaches science to middle schoolers at CGSI, reported, "Mastery-based feedback has taken the fear of assessment away from students. They now see it [assessment] as an opportunity to know where they are in my class."
Jason also noted that the school's mastery framework encourages teachers to build in multiple opportunities for students to show mastery. "(Students) have knowledge that they can try again. It’s not: ‘We didn’t learn it, we are moving on.' It’s: 'We didn’t learn it, now we have another chance!'"
On the value of formative assessment within CGSI's mastery grading system, Jared reflected, "The work each day is based on previous assessments, so that instruction and tasks are responsive to student’s level of competency."
You can access the CGSI presentation here, and a recording of the entire online session here.