Academic & Cognitive Skills
How to ensure students start at the appropriate level, advance at their own pace, and demonstrate competency on their own time.
How is it ensured that students start at the appropriate level with regard to their historical knowledge and needs?
How do you ensure that students advance at a pace that is positioned with their needs?
What ways are students encouraged to demonstrate competency when ready?
Offer numerous and on-demand opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery.
Allow time for students to daily update their learning journals where they document their perceived level of mastery to build self-awareness.
Collaborate with the class to develop a list of options for learners to easily access a variety of assessment choices that may include online platforms, multimedia, and competency maps that cross all grade levels so assessments can be taken regardless of recognized "grade level".
Giving timely and consistent recognition for progress and mastery helps keep motivation and learning at high levels. This can be done through repeated mini-conferences with students to check for understanding and progress, or an online portfolio where students and family members can view recognition for growth and good work.