Small-Group Instruction

Tutoring

This is where the magic happens. Using my formative assessment data, as well as online content data, I pull students from Workshop to Tutoring each day. This targeted lesson allows me to reinforce ideas, and fix misconceptions as well as give an opportunity for students to feel like they are getting from me what they need. Branding is important to me, and Tutoring seemed like an ideal way to frame the station for the students. In reality, that is exactly what it has become, with students asking questions and embracing their past mistakes as opportunities for growth.

Strategy Resources (5)
Teacher In Action
 
 
Student Data
 
 
Iready report helps me to group students by their domain abilities when starting a new unit.
Student Data
 
 
Student IXL report to see how they are progressing on assigned skills.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This screencast overview shows how I select students for tutoring, and use the rest of Workshop to help remediate missed skills.
Student Data
 
 
Front Row has great reports with CC alligned questions that allow me to look at each standard and each student, while it assigns students content that will catch them up.
Teacher In Action
 
 
Student Data
 
 
Student IXL report to see how they are progressing on assigned skills.
Student Data
 
 
Front Row has great reports with CC alligned questions that allow me to look at each standard and each student, while it assigns students content that will catch them up.
Student Data
 
 
Iready report helps me to group students by their domain abilities when starting a new unit.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This screencast overview shows how I select students for tutoring, and use the rest of Workshop to help remediate missed skills.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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