You may have heard the term "small group instruction" tossed around in high schools. But what does it really mean? And why is it important?
Well, small group instruction refers to an educational setting where a large number of students are broken into smaller groups that are led by teachers or teaching assistants. This learning environment provides many benefits for students and can be especially beneficial for those who struggle with traditional classroom settings.
At the Community School, we have made small group instruction a key component of our high school programming. Our teachers focus on creating meaningful interactions and guidance for students who need extra support—helping them develop the skills they need to succeed in their coursework, both now and in their future academic careers.
Here are five benefits of small group instruction for High School students:
Increased Engagement from Students
In a small group setting, students get more individualized attention from their teacher compared to a larger classroom. They are also afforded the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback right away without having to wait until everyone else has finished with their work first.
More Targeted and Focused Learning Opportunities
Since each student receives personal attention in a smaller group, they can better focus on specific goals or tasks they need help with rather than navigating a larger classroom where they may get lost or sidetracked.
More Opportunities for Collaboration and Peer Teaching
In a group setting, students can learn from one another and even help others when needed. This helps them build their teamwork and communication skills and further enhances their learning experience overall.
Better Teacher-Student and Student-Student Relationships
When students are placed into smaller groups, they can get to know one another more personally than in a larger classroom setting. This allows for the development of greater social skills and helps build stronger bonds between students themselves, as well as with the teacher.
Greater Flexibility in Learning
In a small group setting, teachers can better cater their teaching style to the specific needs of each student within the group. This gives students more control over when and how they learn, as well as affords teachers greater opportunities to assess student progress on an individual basis.
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The Community School is committed to helping all children reach their full potential, regardless of any challenges they may face. If you have any questions or want to learn more about our program, don't hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and discuss how we can best serve your child's needs. Thank you for considering The Community School as a resource for your family!