A balance of whole class, small group, and independent instruction allows for personalization.
Whole group time is usually used to introduce a new concept or encourage a large-scale discussion. These lessons are designed to reach the average student. Once the foundation is set, enhance the lesson with tailored approaches: strategic small groups, independent practice, and individual coaching.
Balanced instruction helps students enjoy learning together while still receiving individualized instruction.
Encourage large-group discussion
Whole class instruction allows you to instruct and model concepts for all students at once. It gives every student a good introduction and foundational knowledge of skills that individualized practice can enhance. Whole group instruction is an important component of your class ecosystem.
The power of balanced instruction
Renaissance programs provide deep, meaningful practice ideal for supporting whole group instruction.
Rewire the brain to build skills
A variety of practice options goes a long way to capturing and inspiring new readers. Different types of practice show students the different ways they will use reading in the future.
One of the hot topics at NCTM 2016 was encouraging meaningful discourse as a key component of math practice. Use resources built for math practice to create an intuitive flow of student discussions during math.
Balanced instruction in math and reading helps you:
- Encourage students to participate in discussions on a larger scale
- Create a rich environment where each child feels engaged, curious, and eager to learn more
- Tailor instruction so that the needs of individual students are addressed and their outcomes soar
By achieving balance in the classroom
An ideal balanced instruction solution provides opportunities for whole group, small group and independent learning by:
- Quick assessments designed to keep students engaged with questions at just the right level of challenge
- Providing reading and math practice opportunities at the right level for every student to support what you’ve taught
- Showing you exactly what students know and what to teach next, with resources embedded to guide instruction