For Students Who Work Best in Groups
Unique approach: Kids on the Yard Small Groups foster a learning environment with exceptional tutors that meet every student’s individual needs without isolating kids on screens.
Our tutors are trained to develop a keen awareness of their student’s needs and are responsive to each group’s learning. Our tutors use the ‘think aloud’ strategies to move students to learn forward or return to previously known materials. The tutor live models verbalizing the thought processes students should engage in when completing a task. Your child will hear a piece of learning broken down into the steps they need to take and see the task’s challenges and how to solve those problems. They understand the possibilities of change in their approach after making a mistake and that making mistakes is part of their learning journey.
Small-group tutoring is not unique in being collaborative, but what is extraordinary is interaction amongst peers. Struggling learners can possibility be identified as those who lack confidence, therefore, manifesting itself in multiple ways inside a classroom setting – disruptive, withdrawn, or reluctant behaviors are usually common for these students, especially when a discussion is underway.
When allowed to participate in a discussion in a smaller group, these students often feel less inhibited and valued. In addition, the bond which grows between themselves and their peers as the tutoring block progresses often adds to students’ new-found confidence.
Collaborative learning also helps students to:
- Reflect on their learning
- Learn from others as well as their tutor
- increase participation from more shy students
- Increase everyone’s engagement
Engagement and Motivation
Small group teaching is a beautiful setting that cultivates creativity, passion, and enthusiasm. It also offers students an opportunity for growth to develop their academic identity and nurtures participation and engagement with peers. ‘School’ becomes a process of learning together. For our tutors, finding innovative ways to sustain this engagement improves learning and makes teaching more enjoyable, rewarding, and challenging.
Tutors who have been tutoring online for a while tell us that there are additional things you can do to improve motivation when working online. Instructions are kept simple, the pace is maintained, and the tutor regularly checks that each student is alright and understands the lesson’s content. Students are assigned roles within group discussions so that each participant has the opportunity to contribute.
Reflecting on learning is critical, not just at the end of a block of learning but the beginning and continuously throughout. In a small group setting, quick checks of understanding, open questions, and end-of-session reflective questions are effective ways to ensure that no student is left behind.
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What is Small Group Peer-Based Instruction?
Small group instruction reinforces skills for students learned throughout the week and closes learning gaps in age-appropriate peer groups. Small group instruction provides opportunities for flexible and differentiated learning.
What is the size of the small group?
Small Group Tutoring is no more than 3-6 students per instructor.
What Subjects can be taught in small groups?
Kids on the Yard provide 3 core subjects: Reading, Writing, and Math.
What is the length of the small group program?
Our programs are 10 weeks, 2 hours a week.
Is the Small Group program customized per student?
Yes, With our KOTY Rapport-Building Method, well-trained tutor, and Social Emotional Learning program, children learn from the best and from an educator that genuinely cares for them.
What Is the Best Method for Small Group Tutoring?
A Unique approach combines the following skills:
Flexibility, Collaboration, Engagement, Motivation, and Reflection to help the student become an independent learner.
Small group instruction in literacy, math, and writing benefits students tremendously, making learning from their beloved teacher/tutor and peers more enjoyable. It’s incredibly collaborative, allows for differentiation and individualized instruction, and increases interest from your students. Unfortunately, in today’s complex education world, educators can not use small group instruction in their primary classroom in optimal ways.
Small Group Peer-Based Instruction
- Receive supplemental support to keep the learning going
- Receive support to grasp foundational concepts and begin to develop a more positive outlook
- Grow more self-driven and motivated
- Develop and master the right skills for school and beyond
- Evaluate the children’s strengths and opportunities for growth to meet them exactly where they are so we know where to start academically.
- Customized lessons based on the group’s interest combined with their preferred learning skill level and pace, so every child feels engaged and motivated – never frustrated, rushed, or bored.
- Balancing tailored instruction with independent practice, so every session advances your children’s skills while also being fun. (Yes, fun!)
- Passionate educators foster the love of learning, so concepts click and comprehension soars, developing them into all-around successful learners.
- Tutors collaborate with parents and teachers to ensure progress and goals are made in core areas.