|Grade span:||K to 12|
|Duration:||15- to 20-minute sessions|
Description:This lesson provides a starting point for how one-on-one tutoring can be used to enhance student learning in the afterschool hours. Based on school-day teachers' recommendations, the student involved receives tutoring that targets math skills where a student needs support or enrichment activities that enhance math strengths.
- Meet with school-day teachers to identify students who need support or enrichment activities, learn more about the standards and benchmarks at each grade level, and identify specific skill areas, strengths, and learning goals for each student.
- Work with school-day teachers to develop an assessment tool for each student's learning goals. Discuss and design projects and activities that will give students opportunities to practice specific skills, and that will indicate that students are learning.
- Find a quiet, comfortable room where students can focus on the task at hand.
What to Do:
- Begin tutoring sessions with a discussion of the day's goals and make sure that students understand what they are supposed to do. You might ask, "How will we know you learned this?"
- Review the steps involved in that day's session, and work with individual students on each step. Encourage students to ask questions as they move through each problem. Ask questions that encourage students to talk about their approach to the problem.
- Occasionally, teachers request that tutors spend time working through homework during tutoring sessions. Balance homework help with other efforts to keep students interested in and focused on independent learning projects.
- Provide positive feedback to encourage students' success.
- Debrief what was accomplished. Each session should end with the tutor and student discussing what was accomplished and what needs to be done to prepare for the next session. Tutors should be willing to allow students to pursue new questions or ideas if this exploration will contribute to deeper understanding of the content.
Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):
- Student engagement and participation
- Progress in identified skill areas
- Increased confidence in identified skill ares
- Answers that reflect increased understanding of learning goals
- Students communicating about what they have learned and how they learned