TEACHING TIPS FOR THE ACADEMY
Written by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Last Updated: 08-31-2013
THRIVE has been using the Academy of Reading and Academy of Math since 2008. This page outlines a number of strategies for implementing them that seem to work well in our setting. We present them here in the hope that some of these ideas may be useful to others, too!
- Set specific goals for each child's
Time On Task.This statistic is always available for viewing (and printing) in the Management System. We set weekly goals for all students and use daily or individualized assignments as needed.
- Celebrate success! There are lots of ways you could do this! We allow students to earn small rewards for their
Time On Taskand
Levels Passed.The program allows teachers to easily print certificates, too.
- Proximity helps. When a student is struggling with a task or concept in either program, we've found that it really helps to sit with that child for awhile as they are working on that lesson. You may be able to point out something they're missing or think of another way to teach that skill. This approach helps you to understand the programs better, too!
- Hold kids accountable for their work. In my gradebook, their "Time on Task" counts for 20% of their Language Arts grade each term — and 50% of Math! (Those percentages are high because THRIVE's academic programming is highly individualized. Yet tying this work to marks in some way does seem to help!)