I created the following “Mastery Grid” to use with my students in our STEM classroom today, using openly licensed icons I found with iconfinder.com (here and here). This is also available as a downloadable PDF. As our district continues to implement the “Marzano Teacher Leader Evaluation” (TLE) framework for Oklahoma, based on “The Art and Science of Teaching,” this is an instructional tool all our district teachers are using in the classroom to help students master new knowledge and skills.

I based my mastery grid off the versions used by my friend and colleague, Amy Loeffelholz, who teaches STEM at our other grade 4-5 elementary in Yukon, Oklahoma. Please use and share this with others!


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  • Wesley Fryer,

    Hi! I’m going to school to be a high school math teacher. I really liked your “Mastery Grid.” Did you create it just for the one use this past Thursday, or are you planning on using it on a somewhat regular basis? I think that book seems pretty interesting, how is it helping you as an instructional tool? I think it’s cool you have 9 eBooks because my husband has published 3 so far. Their more for entertainment and not educational. I plan on checking yours out to see what they are about! I enjoyed your blog!

    Jennifer Cole

  • This is based off the mastery framework of Dr Robert Marzano in “The Art and Science of Teaching.” We’re going to use it regularly, this is the framework all the teachers in our district are now required to use. We are also supposed to write “scales” for each lesson for students to use, so they can self-assess their mastery level for that skill. It is used to help teachers focus and define both what the overall expectation for students is in a given lesson (a “3”) and also what would exceed expectations. It helps shift responsibility for learning to individual students, who can better assess their current mastery level and then take steps to increase their knowledge and skills. They are more clearly able to understand the expectations and therefore hopefully meet or exceed them.

  • I am definitely going to have to check it out! It looks like a very effective method! I bet the students love it! I wonder what methods my school will have in place. Since I’ll be teaching high school, I’m not sure if they’ll be using too much technology or PBL lessons like elementary and middle schools. I hope so! Are the students enjoying the new framework?

  • Honestly I don’t think these printouts have affected students or their work much at all. This mainly codifies (for administrator and other observer benefit) what students have been doing already this year in Maker Studio. It is good for me as the teacher to think about the objectives of each station and how I’m communicating my expectations for that level of student performance / engagement. I think the impact of these so far has been more on me, as part of my reflective practice, than it has been on my students.

  • Shaun

    thanks for sharing. I noticed you use iconfinder, have you considered CC search with the open clip library, which provides open source images at no cost?

  • Good tip, Shaun, thanks. I haven’t used the open clip library but will check it out!

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