“The difference with mastery learning is that you can apply learning and feedback to real life. We research, test, fail, then innovate and improvise. Other systems of learning don’t account for that,“ said Jacob Warman ‘20, during the student panel at MTC’s October Site Director meeting in New York City. “There is more to our learning than just getting a grade.”
Challenge Success “supports the work of the Mastery Transcript Consortium to promote an alternative transcript and rubrics that truly reflect student mastery and help to reduce student stress and overload without reducing rigor…”
During January Term (“J-Term”), Kevin Moore, an educator in mathematics at MTC member school Malvern Preparatory School, facilitated “The Start-Up of You,” an innovative course he created to teach students about “treating themselves as a start-up, building a network, and investing in their futures.” Following he describes the experience, including the process of having students create their own “professional profile.”
Tohmmy Chang, superintendent of BPS, joined the discussion to share words of welcome and inspiration with the group: “As superintendent, I see that what you guys are doing can fundamentally change what education looks like. These are big questions: What is schooling? How do we measure students? What do we value?”
How do you introduce learners to a topic they ultimately must define for themselves? How do you design and facilitate a course where the learning target is so personal and so flexible? GOA lets four core principles guide its work.