Students are assessed at the beginning of each unit to determine what information they already know, determine which information they do not yet understand, and identify any misconceptions they may hold that need clarification. Using this information, teachers design their lessons to address the needs of their students and engage them in whole group, small group, and one-on-one instruction. Grouping practices are dynamic, changing based upon the needs of the students.
Students are treated as individuals. The same way of teaching may not work for all students. Teachers meet students where they are by building on their current strengths and abilities to reach grade level standards. This allows students who are performing above grade level to demonstrate understanding and move ahead to more advanced topics. Assistance is provided for students performing below grade level to reduce frustration as they learn new information.
Teachers allocate time to guide students as they set learning goals, self-monitor their progress, and reflect on their achievement.