After the assessments in Algebra 2 on Friday and various conversations with other teachers and administrators on how we can increase understanding and achievement, I'm trying something new.
My district has a seminar period at the end of each day from 2:30-3:00. I have always made myself available during this time (except when I have meetings) for students to come in for extra help. We aren't able to mandate that a student attend seminar, so I've been looking for ways to get kids to attend.
Since I am unable/unwilling to force students to attend extra help sessions, I invited them!
I have scheduled Skill Sessions after school on specific days and invited the students who are struggling with those skills to attend. All students who need to, or wish to, work on Skill 3 (I can write a linear equation of a line that is parallel or perpendicular to a given line) are cordially invited to attend seminar from 2:30-3 today in my room. Those wishing to work on Skill 4 (I can write and apply direct variation equations and proportions) should attend our session on Thursday.
All students are welcome at any time to work on any skill they wish, but the designated skills will be the primary focus on the announced days. I plan to do a remediation lesson and run through some practice problems.
I'm also thinking that in order for a student to reassess a skill, they will need to attend at least 1 session.
I handed out the invitations today and 4 kids showed up to seminar! We did a mini lesson and some practice and I thanked them for coming to spend time with me.
I was going to write about the specific lessons that I covered today, but I have pushed those a bit out of my mind for the moment and am thinking about how to improve these study sessions!