Mastering The Grid Method in 7 Steps

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  • Master Grid Method basics for teaching success.
  • Plan, engage, set expectations, and differentiate.
  • Use assessments, reflect, and refine for classroom mastery.

Can you feel the excitement in the air as we dive into the new year? This is the perfect time to shake things up in your classroom. And what better way to do it than with Mastery Learning using The Grid Method? Buckle up, because we’re about to revolutionize your teaching game. Here are 7 steps to get you started.

1. Master the Basics

Before diving into the deep end, ensure you have a solid grasp of The Grid Method’s fundamentals. Familiarize yourself with the key concepts and principles that make Mastery Learning tick. Trust me, a strong foundation will set you up for success.

2. Plan Your Grid

Take some time to plan your grid for the upcoming units or lessons. Break down your curriculum into clear objectives and identify the essential skills students need to master. This visual roadmap will guide both you and your students through the learning journey.

3. Create Engaging Learning Experiences

Make your lessons come alive! Craft engaging activities that align with your objectives. Consider incorporating a variety of resources, technologies, and collaborative opportunities. The more dynamic and relevant your lessons, the more your students will thrive.

4. Set Clear Expectations

Communication is key. Set clear expectations for your students regarding the mastery of each skill or concept. Make sure they understand the criteria for success and how they will be assessed. Transparency empowers students to take ownership of their learning.

5. Differentiate Instruction

Embrace the beauty of differentiation. Tailor your instruction to meet the diverse needs of your students. Whether it’s through small-group activities, targeted interventions, or personalized projects, adapt your teaching methods to ensure every learner can succeed.

6. Implement Formative Assessment

Regularly check in on student progress through formative assessments. Use this feedback to identify areas where students may need additional support or enrichment. Remember, the goal is not just to cover material but to ensure true comprehension and mastery.

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7. Reflect and Refine

Mastery Learning is a journey, not a destination. Take the time to reflect on the effectiveness of your implementation. What worked well? What could be improved? Use feedback from both you and your students to refine your approach continuously.

Get ready to witness the transformation in your classroom, teachers! The Grid Method is not just a framework; it’s a mindset shift towards student-centered, mastery-driven learning. As we enter 2024, let’s embrace the power of Mastery Learning and create an environment where every student can thrive and succeed. Here’s to a year of growth, excellence, and educational innovation!

About Rae Hughart

Rae Hughart is the Chief Experience Officer and co-owner of the Teach Better Team, Educator, and author of Teachers Deserve It (20) and Teach Better (19) books available on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. In 2017, Rae was honored with the Illinois State University Outstanding Young Alumni Award – inducting her into the University Hall of Fame. In 2018, Rae was honored again by winning 1st place in the Henry Ford Innovator Award for her work within educators communities to build unity between local businesses and schools. And in 2021, Rae was selected to give her first TEDx Talk called “Better Than Youtube,” emphasizing the true value of educators. You can learn more about Rae or book her for Professional Development opportunities within the Teach Better Speakers Network.