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How It Works
In my classroom, the Mastery Club is an optional activity for those students (or parents) who want extra homework or an additional "challenge." I introduce this club during the first or second week of school. I explain it to students and then it is solely up to them to participate. I put the summary page in a clear sleeve in all students' MONSTER folders so that they have access to the categories at all times. I also have the large categories (above) posted on the wall outside of my classroom, along with the sign and a "Hall of Fame" section. If a student chooses to participate, he/she just completes the activity at home (example, writes down the name of 15 mammals that he/she knows along with the category number 52 at the top of the page with his/her name). Then the activity is turned in (students turn in all items to the teacher in a "teacher mailbox" in my classroom). Whenever I have a chance (usually during dismissal time at the end of the day), I call students up and "quiz" them on their category. If they accomplish the task, they earn a star (I put their name on a large star cut-out and give them a tiny star sticker with the category number written on it). Any students who earn 15 stars by the end of the year get their name listed on my Mastery Club Hall of Fame and it stays there FOREVER!!
Do you use the mastery club in your class? Have new ideas on how to implement it? Have questions about using it? If so, leave a comment. :)