Catch Up Time: Catch Up Time.mp4

 
 
 
Catch Up Time.mp4
Strategy Explanation
 
 
While it is a self-paced class, there is an end goal of material that students need to learn by the end of the year. If they feel totally off track, this Catch Up Time can be very useful.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
While it is a self-paced class, there is an end goal of material that students need to learn by the end of the year. If they feel totally off track, this Catch Up Time can be very useful.
 
Academic Culture

Catch Up Time

Many students fall behind the class pace as the school year progresses, so I build in time to the class schedule for students to catch up. Before or after a break or towards the end of a trimester I won't move the lesson pace forward, giving students the opportunity to get back on pace.

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Strategy Explanation
 
 
While it is a self-paced class, there is an end goal of material that students need to learn by the end of the year. If they feel totally off track, this Catch Up Time can be very useful.
 
Online Student Resource
 
 
After winter break I scheduled a week for students to catch up. This week was towards the end of the second semester when students are entering panic mode. This takes a little pressure off and prevents some students from feeling that the class pace is out of their reach.
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
While it is a self-paced class, there is an end goal of material that students need to learn by the end of the year. If they feel totally off track, this Catch Up Time can be very useful.
Online Student Resource
 
 
After winter break I scheduled a week for students to catch up. This week was towards the end of the second semester when students are entering panic mode. This takes a little pressure off and prevents some students from feeling that the class pace is out of their reach.
Benjamin Siegel
New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II
Bronx, NY


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Tenth grade
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