Is your small group reteach time draining the life out of you? Are you feeling a little lackluster about it, then your students probably are too. Try one, or more, of these small group strategies to pump up your reteach, and reach students in a whole new way.
Pre-teach Not Reteach
Build Up Schema
Continuing on with the theme of pre-teaching it is important to build schema, especially for our students that may not share the same life experiences with others in their class.
Sometimes our students have a difficult time understanding a concept because they have no prior knowledge of it. Providing real-world examples that they can connect to will increase engagement and allow their brains to build a framework for understanding.
I introduce the coach as the “content expert” to the group and give them the floor. In addition, I love to record the way the coach introduces and teaches the concept to the group to refer back to. By having a peer coach, students are able to hear the content in a different way, from a different person who they trust.
These Big Ten Math Stations are a perfect took to use along with peer coaching. Each unit offers ten different stations built around the same standard to allow students ample practice towards mastery. They are available for second, third, fourth, and fifth grade in bundles or separately.
Cooperative Learning Strategies
This cooperative learning strategy is amazing for all students because voicing their thinking really makes them work on their metacognition. It also allows me, as the teacher, to hear how my students are doing. The power really is in the conversations.
If you are looking for more information on cooperative learning strategies, check out this post on cooperative learning basics.
Focus on Vocabulary
Another easy activity to complete with vocabulary is a word sort where students simply take a deck of vocabulary cards, like these word wall cards, and sort them into words they know and words they need help with.
This might mean creating an anchor chart together, making individual mind maps, illustrating vocabulary words, or sketch notes. The sky is truly the limit, and follow the guidance of your students when it comes to visuals.
Check for Understanding Often
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