Not sure your students will get engaged? Concerned there’s not enough content to fill your year-long class? There are simple solutions… allow time for group discussions, guided and independent practice, and 1-1 meetings. These strategies are much more than “time-fillers;” they are gateways to building greater levels of student engagement and achievement.
Put “positive peer pressure” to work for you with group discussions. Open the floor for students to share their success stories and their challenges. Group discussions are very powerful for connecting with the students who’ve been sitting on the sidelines, not sure if they can trust what you’ve been teaching. After all, they’ve been burned before! When they start hearing feedback from their peers, many will slowly begin to warm up. See our tips for allowing group discussions to be honest, yet keeping them constructively positive, here.
Guided & Independent Practice
Yes, that’s right… students should do their homework in this class! As with all subjects, students need to apply the strategies they learn through your study skills course in order to internalize them; what better way to do that than to apply them to their homework from other classes?
During guided practice, the teacher moves around the room, coaching students as needed, monitoring progress, and making note of the students’ proficiency in using the SOAR® Study Skills strategies.
Providing the students with independent practice time is also critical, and also gives you the perfect opportunity to conduct your 1-on-1 meetings.
The process of learning study skills can be dramatically enriched by your personal encouragement, so we highly encourage 1-1 meetings. These meetings can be extremely brief; just 5-10 minutes, 1 or 2 times per month/student make a huge difference! Of course, some students will need more time, so account for individual needs. Use this time to be an encouraging “cheerleader” and “remover of roadblocks,” not a “nag.”
We put all of the work into our “done-for-you” Teacher’s Guide so that you can have energy to be fully present with your students and not feel pressured to squeeze lesson planning into your class time.