By Stella DeVargas
Cougar News Blog
Cactus Canyon has started a new chapter in education by adding a reteach class for language arts.
Reteach, which is part of the Beyond Textbooks program, is when students have the opportunity to improve their skills and get extra help with time to be successful with mastering objectives. CCJH has had a similar program for math since the 2014-15 school year.
Students have many different learning curves, meaning teaching in a larger group is not always effective for everyone. Reteach classes help by incorporating different strategies and styles of teaching to include different types of learners. These classes are for students to develop deeper understanding in reading comprehension.
“When data showed that there were many students not meeting standards on formatives who could use the extra time, we knew it was the right thing to do,” Meaghan Davis, the dean of students.
The effort of language arts teachers and Title 1 support teams helped put the classes together. Objectives are chosen based on data from benchmarks and formative assessments. Every two weeks objectives may change. Seventh and eighth graders work on individual topics to benefit the grade level, so they won’t always have the same objective.
“It takes a lot of work behind the scenes by many people,” said Mrs. Davis.
A big purpose of reteach classes is using different techniques to reach students with different teaching styles. Teachers incorporate new strategies to engage students and present information in different types so learners can learn the material in more than one way.
“The class helped me by showing me what I missed on the test and the work sheets helped me develop what I need to know,” says seventh grader Trinity Hakenewerth.
Reteach classes impact students by developing reading comprehension that will benefit them throughout the rest of their educational lives. To make sure this is working, staff routinely goes to professional development to create stronger teachers.
“We are always looking for ways to improve. If we find we need to make a change we adjust accordingly,” says Mrs. Davis.