A person eminently skilled in something, as an occupation, art or science, a person whose teachings others accept or follow; a Zen master. the great masters of the Impressionist period.
There are levels of learning in each of these fields (theory and practise). In the theory section the students can be tracked at these following levels:
- Unawareness: You are unaware that there is a skill to be learned.
- Awareness: You realize you need to learn that skill.
- Clarification: You understand what you need to do differently.
In the next stage of learning is the practice side, the repetition of learning this skill until it becomes natural to you. This is also in stages. These stages are simplified but can be changed for any teacher.
- Awkwardness: You attempt the new skill and find it difficult. You need support.
- Familiarity: The new skill is easier to do but still not automatic. You need to refer to previous learning.
- Automatic: You no longer need to think how to do the skill, it just comes naturally.
The reason I have been considering this is to understand a rating system (not so much as a marking system) for students to learn the skills I want them to learn. Both they and I need to understand when they are proficient in a skill and when they have mastered it to the level of being able to teach another student (something needed when doing differentiation in a classroom of 30 students and 6 different choices of learning.
Just my two cents ;)