This year, Mrs. Finch's 6th grade students have been trying something a little different. We have started something called Pre-Teaching. The way it works is that the students will learn a new lesson for the first time in my class 2-3 days before they learn the same lesson in their regular class. I introduce the material, they form different ideas on the material, and within that time we try to solidify the concept as much as we can. By the time they learn that same lesson in their regular class they have had time to really understand the lesson already. When I asked the students how they felt about the Pre-teaching model, I was blown away. Here are their responses.
"It’s not as hard and you can actually keep up with your classmates."
"You can understand it much easier."
"There’s not as many people in Mrs. Finch's room which helps."
"It helps because I’m kind of slow at getting the concepts so when you have more time to learn, it is easier to know what the class is doing."
"When you have enough time to learn it, you know what the class is doing rather than spending so much time thinking."
"I wish we had this method in Jr. High."
"There are too many distractions in the regular classroom."
"Everyone got volume but not surface area until I saved the day."
"One of the girls told her other classmates, "see you should go to my class". (Mrs. Finch's class)"
"It makes me want to do it more."
"It’s easier if we come in here and learn it first. We know the stuff that we need to learn and when the teacher teaches it to us we know what to do with the math."
"I feel better."
"This class is easier and you know how to do it before we learn it."
This has been so successful because of the collaboration that has taken place between the 6th grade teachers and I and also because the students are willing to come to class and put forth their best effort