Book Chapter

Understanding the Mastery Principle

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Rigor, relevance, student ownership, thinking skills, F17TLCHE2, S17PPSTS1, Su18TS
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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS I: Teachers demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach.
    • Element A: Teachers provide instruction that is aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards and their district’s organized plan of instruction.
  • QS III: Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
    • Element A: Teachers demonstrate knowledge about the ways in which learning takes place, including the levels of intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of their students.
    • Element D: Teachers establish and communicate high expectations and use processes to support the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

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Resource material

This introductory chapter of How to Plan Rigorous Instruction by Robyn Jackson discusses the mastery principle "Know Where Your Students Are Going".  The author points out that this principle is more than the standards and objectives of curriculum.  This principle examines more deeply the underlying types of thinking, learning, and understanding we want students to walk away with as a result of our instruction. 


Resource Links


Jackson, Robyn R. "Introduction."How to Plan Rigorous Instruction. ASCD. Web. 8 Nov. 2016.