As educators, we know that small groups are an amazing way to check in with your students. By utilizing the time you have with a small group of your students, you will be able to help personalize lessons, make sure your students feel like their needs are understood, and help to improve their learning experience. Check out these helpful tips!
If you are like most teachers, you probably have 20-30 kids in your classroom. If you’re one of the lucky ones, your students number 15-19. As educators, we are expected to help all of our students learn as best as we can. I don’t know about you, but I really struggle with that when my students outnumber me 20-to-1.
Taking advantage of small group time is essential. By using some of the center rotations, you can get some of that small group time. Here are some great literacy Center rotations.
Check-ins in Small Groups
Small groups are a great way to check-in with your students. You can take the time to work with them on a project to see how they are doing and help to gauge where they may need more help. Whether you’re doing math, reading, or writing work with your small group, you can see what might help each student in your future lessons.
Building a safe space for your students
Another benefit of small group instruction is making sure that your students feel like they matter in your class. Your quietest students will be more comfortable sharing what they know about the class material. Your loudest students will feel heard and listened to in a small group setting, as well.
Personalized learning in Small Groups
Small group instruction will help your students to learn, too. In a small group setting, you can easily modify your lessons up or down based on the group of learners you have in front of you. You can easily group students of similar learning levels to help them grow and learn together.
Small group instruction is amazing anytime you can find time to fit it into your schedule. That is the tricky part, though, finding time to devote to small group learning. I believe you can do your best to fit in some small group time to help personalize lessons for your students, address their needs, and improve their learning experience today!