Learning Exchange Small Group Instruction Model
Small Group Basic Skills Model for Primary and Elementary Students
Learning Exchange utilizes a proven research-based program with exceptional results in both reading and math. The program content is skill-based and is in alignment with Wisconsin Model Performance Standards in both reading and math. Learning Exchange also aligns with the five crucial early reading skills identified by the Reading First initiative. Learning Exchange is in the process of aligning all their programs with the new Common Core standards. Learning Exchange employs a basic skills approach to the development of math abilities. Concepts of numeration and operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percent are organized into 40 sub-skills that students practice and work toward mastery. Problem-solving applications of these sub-skills are part of the small group math program.
Both Reading and Math Small group instruction follows the above instructional model. Students sharing similar characteristics determine grouping. Diagnostic tests determine common areas of concern that form goal-oriented instructional plans for each group. Each session focuses on at least three common skill areas with breakout activities that address individual needs. Students benefit from group interaction as well as individualized opportunities for practice. Instruction is in a maximum 8:1 ratio with a certified teacher for a minimum of 120 minutes per/week. Multisensory materials and activities are chosen based on student needs. Evaluation is ongoing.
Small Group Basics-Plus Skills Model for Middle and High School Students
The model is designed for Middle and High School students. The foundation of this model is the same as the Basic Skills model described earlier that focuses on developing competency in the basics of reading and math; however it also weaves a package of skills that are different from those needed ten to twenty years ago to help students now succeed in school and life in the 21st Century.
Middle School/High School Basics-Plus Program
Strategic Reading / Learning / Study Skills
Build Student Achievement in Middle and High School Curriculum and form collaborative networks among school personnel.
- Build learning teams in thematic units
- Explore, practice, discuss, evaluate
- Strategic Reading / Learning / Study Strategies
- Basic skills review
- Vocabulary Development
- Strategies tailored to content area subjects and literary genre
- Practical Tools
- Specific intervention activities
- Identified by GRADE diagnostic testing
Correlated reinforcement using GRADE Resource library materials
- Title I growth measurement – pre/post GRADE tests
21st Century Skills Woven Throughout Small Group Basics-Plus Skills Model
- Thinking and learning skills
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Collaboration skills
- Using technology to learn
- Self-directed learning
- Leadership and more!