Helping students understand class material has been shifting away from pen and paper, especially since the COVID pandemic. Online face-to-face data-driven instruction is the future of tutoring. Here are the real answers to some common misconceptions.
1.Data is not as effective at helping struggling students as compared to an in-person teacher: False
Although educators can have a pulse on student performance in the classroom, they have little control over how they are doing their work at home – especially when they need to educate 30+ students and navigate the complexities of hybrid learning.
Data-driven tutoring offered online can identify academic bottlenecks for every individual student and indicate overall patterns to tutors. Additionally, data can provide additional insight on if the academic material, lesson delivery, or the student’s learning behavior is behind poor performance.
2. Students retain less with online teaching methods: False
Learning retention times are different for every student, and depend on whether the student learns best from auditory, visual, or hands-on teaching methods. Data can provide this insight to tutors so they know how to uniquely structure students’ supplemental lessons. Students can then learn in a way the classroom might not be allowing them too.
By using data from assessments, tutors can also better understand how many times an individual student may need to practice a subject before it sticks. Even beyond K-12 education, universities who have already implemented data-driven success programs, like Georgia State, saw a 30% increase in graduation rates.
3. Digitally supplemented tutoring is harder for English language learners: False
Just like all students learn differently, every English language learner is at a different stage in their language development. English learners can be new or long-time learners, or even students who just had an interruption in their formal education. Data monitoring (through learning objectives) can help better identify where students are in their English language comprehension journey.
Then, they can be paired in small groups with other students at a similar learning stage. This not only facilitates more effective instruction but also encourages students to better connect with their peers. Traditional classrooms may leave students without data-driven evaluations behind, especially English learners who require more customized instruction as they practice speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Why Intervene K-12
Here at Intervene K-12, we improve student academic outcomes through deep analyses of student skill deficits, differentiated instruction, and live online small group adapted, personalized instruction. We focus on Math, Reading, and English Language as well as other subjects with data-driven instruction.
Data-driven tutoring is offered online face-to-face as 2:1, 3:1 or 4:1 small group tutoring that allows students with similar misconceptions to join an online whiteboard with a qualified tutor. Intervention programs that are differentiated and data-driven allows for students to grow academically in real time, with a real person.
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