Sometimes our struggling learners struggle to write a complete sentence. Sometimes they can tell stories but not put them down on paper. Other times, they can write informally in journals and free-writes, but can’t organize an academic paper. What is the solution? True North Homeschool Academy’s Struggling Learners Department is now offering a writing class to help students learn how to write academic papers.
Our class will focus on the following:
- Writing a complete sentence (1-2 weeks)
- Organizing thoughts
- Selecting three areas of a topic to discuss
- Thesis statement
- Transition words
Other topics will be addressed as needed for each class, including but not limited to:
- Run-on sentences
- Word choice
- Using adjectives and adverbs
- Including examples and expanding papers
- Direct quotations
- Introducing appropriate vocabulary for a topic
Why are the class sizes so small?
Classes through our Struggling Learners program are kept small in order to facilitate a true cooperative learning environment with our students’ needs kept foremost in mind. The classes are individualized according to the needs of the students. Activities progress according to the progress and needs of the students. Our students are successful in this safe, fun learning environment. Higher-level thinking skills will be developed and supported in this interactive, small-group instruction that encourages problem solving, and works on meta-cognition, an important executive functioning skill related to study skills in all academic areas. Classes are warm and inviting, in an atmosphere where anxiety is reduced and thinking is maximized.
How is it different from tutoring?
Tutoring is a form of reteaching or breaking down learning into smaller steps to help someone who struggles. Our classes go beyond that, evaluating where each student is on a concept, and helping them be successful as they learn the concepts. We use questioning to guide students through the learning process, and to help them understand and correct mistakes they are making in the math processes. The classes are formatted as a cooperative environment where students see how other kids process the information and discuss how we think through games and questions. The classroom is a safe place to discuss how they think through information. The end result helps students to see how they learn, and to apply that to other areas of their academic lives.