“There is a growing body of evidence that students’ mindsets play a key role in their math andscience achievement. Students who believe that intelligence or math and science ability is simplya fixed trait (a fixed mindset) are at a significant disadvantage compared to students who believethat their abilities can be developed (a growth mindset).”
The good news is that any teacher can grow into a master teacher. It is not aquick fix apply a list of strategies process. It is a journey. You are alreadysomewhere on that road. Reaching the land of mastery may require a change of mindset and developing the understanding and application of seven principles.So what are these principles?
Seven Principles of Mastery Teaching1.Master teachers start where their students are.2.Master teachers know where their students are going.3.Master teachers expect to get their students to their goal.4.Master teachers support their students along the way.5.Master teachers use feedback to help them and their students getbetter.6.Master teachers focus on quality rather than quantity.7.Master teachers never work harder than their students.
Most of the book is devoted to helping the reader understand and apply theseprinciples. Through many anecdotes involving real students and real teachersgrappling with real classroom issues, you can clearly see how to incorporatethese principles into your own teaching.Especially cool is the mastery self-assessment. It is a battery of questions tohelp you gauge your own progression toward practicing each principle. Dr.Jackson defines the four progressive stages and labels them Novice, Apprentice,Practitioner, and Master. Whether you coach teachers or you want to use thispersonally, you can begin with the self-assessment. Determine your stage anddecide which principle to work on first.The last chapter outlines how to put it all together and provides helpful tools for implementing a personal or group professional development plan to move towardmastery teaching.
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