Monday, October 7, 2013

Remediation Groups Made Easy!

Today I thought I would share a quick "tip" that has helped me keep myself organized when planning remediation groups.  I must preface this by saying that organization and record keeping are NOT my strength...I consider myself a teacher "artist" more than teacher "organizer"--so when I find something that works for me, I like to share it in hopes that there are few other "structurally challenged" teachers out there!

It is, of course, good practice to identify students who struggle with concepts so that extra instruction (often presented in a new way or format or group size since the first way wasn't effective!).  I tend to use entrance slips and exit slips for this purpose.  I want to know exactly what my students do and don't know before we get to any type of summative assessment.

After I give the exit slips, I sort them into piles (shown criss-crossed here) so I can pull students to work on what they need.  Sometimes this is one-on-one, other times it is in small groups.  If all goes well, when it is time for the end of unit assessment, I have "caught" all the misconceptions, built stronger understanding, and they are ready to show me what they know!

Shockingly, this is not always the case, and all students do not always receive perfect scores on my summative assessments.  Don't judge.  So what do I do?  Summative means "end", right?


I take a blank copy of the test to use as I grade them.  As I notice students not doing well, not working precisely, not explaining clearly--or whatever other things I "notice", I write their names down right on the blank test.  Like this.  (Note:  I just gave this assessment but made a "dummy" by replacing my students' names with fictitious ones).

My remediation/reteaching groups are right there ready to roll!  I know which students need what skills, and I can pull them when I have time over the next days and weeks.  The unit may be over, but the learning should not be.  

After I record their names right on the test (that way I can see the questions they missed), I mark the dates I met with them and then put a star when I feel they have "gotten" it!  I'm sure there is a better way to organize it, but this system has worked for me!

Anyway--just thought I'd share a little trick that works for me!  I am a HUGE believer in using entrance and exit slips.  If this is new to you, I have a few resources in my store that might help you get started...I put the link below.  Have a great week!


  1. This is a great idea, Meg! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea! I just went and bought your entrance and exit slips and will be using a blank test to record names the next time I grade a summative assessment. Thanks so much for sharing this idea :)

    1. Awwww...thanks, Kris! I hope they work for you! It is so easy to keep track of things this way--even for organizationally challenged people like me!

  3. This is an AWESOME way to keep track of who you need to help with what skill! I need to start doing this. Now if I can just find the time to actually help the students in a small group setting! :)

    This 6th grade common core math/problem solving is going to be the death of me! Not to mention that I have NO students on grade level!


  4. What a great idea! Record keeping is not my forte' either, but I think this is something I can easily put into practice. Quick & easy. Thank you!

  5. What a wonderful idea, so simple, but so effective! Thank you!


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