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ERIC Number: EJ1043787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Five Musts for Mastery
Tucker, Catlin
Educational Leadership, v71 n4 p56-60 Dec 2013-Jan 2014
In his book "Drive," Daniel Pink writes that mastery is "the desire to get better and better at something that matters." If we consider this definition in the context of the classroom, students must have a desire to get better and must feel that what they're learning matters. Technology can help ensure these two criteria by (1) enabling students to "play" as they learn; (2) creating more opportunities for communication, collaboration, and transparency; (3) giving students the freedom to decide how to approach activities and assignments; (4) including students in the process of identifying goals or learning objectives so they feel their work has purpose; and (5) enabling teachers to provide more detailed and timely feedback. Because our current education system groups students by age, not ability, teachers are in the challenging position of having to support a wide range of students with varied skill sets in their journeys toward mastery. Although we can't get every student to completely master a topic, the author notes, the beauty of technology is that it helps teachers give students the tools and skills they need to continue on their journey.
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Language: English
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