Your Mini Lessons Comment ...
(To Deal With A Wide Spread Of Students)
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A bi-product of student-centric teaching is an increase in the spread of students throughout a unit of work.
- What are your thoughts on student spread?
- Do you actively try to minimise the spread of students within a unit of work?
- Or do you embrace student spread?
- Do you now see the value in embracing student spread?
- Do you see the value in using mini-lessons as a way of embracing an increased in the spread of students?
Share your reflections below ...
Some past comments ...
I do feel that I need to repeat myself. As a teacher I can feel myself sometimes tend to over-explain the teaching points because this makes me feel assuring that children will understand. However, this doesn’t shorten their perceiving time because the children’s learning at the same pace can become one of the reason lead to a long, drawn-out section. Mini lessons are adaptable to review, model, or explain knowledge. As we are doing whole class teaching when we are learning new skills and use the mini group teaching to follow-up. Mini lessons are a time for students to gain the most from their teacher. When we were learning how to find out an area of a compound shape. All the children knew they needed to split the shapes and we had some children finished quickly. Meanwhile we also had another method no one used on the whiteboard to discuss what had been done and later them explain the ideas for the others. This is the opportunity that I can locate who is struggling with finding missing length and even talked about re-calculated area.
Yes! And the best thing about mini lessons is are giving explicit instructions to students s they need them ... not when we think they need them. So the students are more in control, which is what we want.
Mini Lessons are something that have come to mind in the past but I haven't given much thought due to some of the common misconceptions mentioned, too chaotic, potentially inefficient. I loved the idea of mini groups and bringing them to the front so that the other can continue to focus on their work. I will definitely have try of this next year. I will also need to rearrange to classroom accordingly (seating plan, relevant space).
Mini-lessons are gold, especially if your students are working more at their own pace. In fact, they make so much more sense than ALWAYS stopping everyone for the next lecture! Definitely worth exploring, Angus