Your comments, suggestions and ideas on the Mastery Learning Group products and free workshops are warmly welcomed and appreciated.
“This was my first webinar and I loved it! I felt very connected with you and with the other attendees. Loved the theory behind it particularly. It is a tool that seems very doable and very usable. I have spoken to a number of colleagues (especially in our Learning Enrichment department) and suggested they check it out too. I will certainly be sharing the webinar replay. Thank you for your willingness to freely share something you feel passionately about.”
Maddy, Yr 1 Teacher, St Catherine’s Junior School
“I have just had the pleasure of watching your webinar and found it fantastic! I am a teacher assistant and work closely with my Year 1 teacher, who was so impressed with the webinar, she passed it on to me to watch. We will be implementing this in our classroom.” Linda, Education Assistant, Bundaberg, Qld
“Just watched the Year 1 PD. It was fantastic. I’ll be trying this out in my classroom. I’m a new teacher and am always looking to make improvements to my teaching.” Anouk, Year 1 Teacher, Richmond VIC
“Really enjoyed this. I am using Mastery folders but got some useful tips to update how we do them. Can’t wait to share with my principal and maybe all staff :)”
“Our Literacy Support Specialist is using [the folders] with about 13 Grade 1s and 2s and getting fantastic results, as we did last year too. The folders are great.” VC, TAS
“I have used mastery files in the past and found them to be a great support resource. Your post on Facebook came along at just the right time as I have moved year levels and was wondering how to better support my intervention group and my extension children. I really appreciate the free flashcards as this was what was holding me back.” Colleen, Junior Primary Teacher, Rockingham, WA
“I am really looking forward to implementing the folders in my classroom. I found the webinar very informative and I can see many opportunities to improve the children’s working memory skills.” Jane, Year 1 teacher, Goodna SS
“I know exactly which students in my class are going to benefit from having their own MLF set up for them. Thank you for a great free PD opportunity. Jacquie, Prep/Grade 1 Teacher, Wandiligong PS, Victoria.
I feel that the mastery folder strategy presented is a perfect way to support student differentiation. Implementing cross-curriculum content makes mastery folders invaluable in the classroom. Fiona, Pre-service Teacher.
“Planning on introducing / trialling as part of PLP for struggling students in reading and number sense.” Sue, AP K-2, Year 1 teacher.
“Webinar was fantastic. Great info. Can see uses for my K’s already.” Deb, K Teacher
“Thanks again for sharing your resources, ideas and knowledge last night. It was all new to me as I’m in EI not schools, however I maybe able to adapt it for some of my twice exceptional kids as they are are a smart bunch. ” Philippa, IE Teacher
“Thank you so much [for the PD]. We really appreciate you coming out. The resources are fantastic and really cater to the individual needs of children which is an added bonus.” Bree, Year 2 Teacher, St Brigid’s CPS
“This looks like it may be the answer for a couple of students in my class – and possibly more once I’m up and running!” Sara, K-2 Teacher
“The explanation of exactly what the folder could be used for was most useful. I have previously used it for math skills and literacy skills but had not considered using it for gross motor. I can see this working for the kids and parents in my class.” Deb, Teacher, Hammond Park CPS
” A simple but effective tool which is student ability based, clear, concise and easily made.” Mandy, Teacher, Capel PS
“Has refreshed by knowledge of using [the folders]. I had used them way back. I like your updated version, a fantastic resource.”
“It has reinvigorated my commitment to mastery learning folders and extended my view on how to use them cross-curricular” Robyn, Teacher, Margaret River PS
“You have made an amazing resource, its now all up to us as teachers to implement within the classroom.” Kirsty, Teacher
“I want to return to school and implement this strategy – all new and improved! Thanks” Kristie, Teacher, Vasse PS
“Now I know I can use [the strategy] not just with reading but maths too. Fantastic! Can’t wait to start!” Kate, Teacher, Bunbury PS
“Real, realistic, practical
Cost effective options (home-made or bought)
Put together by a teacher for teachers
Saves time plus a modern version of an older idea
[Presenter] passionate about topic
I will be using this next term”
” The folder really helps students to organise sight words. They love getting their new words.” Lizzy, PP Teacher, Mundaring Christian School
“The folders work really well and the parents do them when they come in. Whatever we notice the kids need more practice with gets added and the weekly spelling words too. Works also for extension. Love them.”
Helen, Early Childhood Teacher, John Calvin School Rockingham
“Using the Mastery Learning Folders has been a positive experience for all involved. The process is quick and easy to use. I’ve seen a magnificent improvement in the students’ sight words, reading and writing. It has been awesome.” Jocelyn, Year 1 Teacher
“The students in Jocelyn’s class have enjoyed using the folders – the other class can’t wait to have them also!” Anne, Deputy Principal, St Brigids
“I have been using the folder for spelling with a very reluctant learner in Year 3. He is not willing to have a go due to fear of failure. The Mastery Folder has been pivotal in addressing this – each time we move a word to the next pocket he sees success! His confidence grows and hence so does his willingness to learn. He is a reluctant writer so initially I would call out the words and he would spell whilst bouncing a ball in time or jump the letters on his trampoline. As he realised that he was actually starting to get a lot of words correct his willingness to write them rather than only verbalise them has grown. I would not have thought that he would enjoy this activity but we start each homework session with the folder, with success and then the willingness spreads to his other tasks. Thanks so much for a great product!” Lawri, Teacher
“Using the Mastery Learning Folder has been a wonderful experience for my child. She looks forward to the Friday tests. I think this program should be included in every school curriculum as it makes children learn words a lot faster.” Rayan, Parent
“The (conference) presentation was both engaging and very useful. (What I liked best was) learning how effective Mastery Learning Folders can be as I had no prior experience with them.”
EYES Conference, Naomi Bennett, Amaroo Primary
I have two students who are currently showing vulnerabilities with their mental maths recall and I think the MLF will be brilliant for them. Thanks. Jacquie Prep/1 Teacher, Wandiligong PS (NE Victoria).
“The Jolly Phonics training by Nicola has given Light Up Ahead school a practical, hands on approach to the teaching of reading, writing and grammar. It will not only benefit the students, but also the teachers, in that they have an opportunity to improve their own pronunciation and articulation of English sounds, words and sentences. The use of the Mastery Learning Folders has given teachers a systematic method of remediating learning. It ensures consistent revision and mastery of learning materials.
Sheba Kafwimbi Moyo, Principal
Light Up Ahead School, Immanuel Mercy Reachout Ministries, Zambia
Staff Meeting PD: “Great presentation. Loved that you have the materials there to look at. Love your desk mats- they really do hit key areas that the students need to master.” Lauren, Teacher, Beechboro Christian School
“I found the (folder) process very easy and enjoyed sitting with (my son) and helping him learn. I also enjoyed making rhymes and it was really lovely to see him progress with each day.” Karryn, Parent
“The learning experience was very enjoyable. My daughter enjoyed moving the words along in the folder and could see her progress. Also she loved the stickers on completion of each day.” Lorena, Parent
“… our daughter LOVES her Mastery Learning Folder and is always eager to retrieve it to practise her words every night. We’ve been pleasantly surprised with how well her reading has come along since using the folder and would definitely recommend it to others. Thanks for letting us be a part of your trial and good luck with what has proven to be a great program :)” Christine, Parent
“We did the big test on the girls’ words today and they both got 100% for the first time. Happy days!!! Might try to do the tables as well because we are struggling with them. Thanks for creating such a great tool (folder).” Leanne, Homeschooling Mum
“For those who use the Mastery Learning Folders the results are excellent. The folder is well constructed and can be reused for several years. Flashcards are age appropriate and open ended. The editable template is an excellent resource. We enjoy our experience with the Mastery Learning Folders and will continue to use them.” Judy, Teacher
“We absolutely love the folders that you have created. The children and the parents are finding them most useful for the kid’s flashcards. What we also find very helpful is that the pockets are wider and the design of them is brilliant especially the hard back cover so that no spills can soak through to the work and also because you can see where the children are up to and what they have achieved with the pockets being labeled and the children can also see what they have achieved.” Lisa, Parent