TIDBIT # 31-The Beauty of Small Group Teaching & Learning

November 28, 2023

Once upon a time in the realm of education, the beauty and benefits of small group instruction shone brightly. It was a versatile approach that transcended traditional classrooms and online learning, delivering a host of invaluable benefits to students and instructors alike.

In the heart of this educational landscape, personalized learning was the cornerstone of a small group teaching work teaching strategy. Within these intimate settings, instructors became like artisans, crafting their teachings to fit each student’s unique needs. This approach allowed them to provide targeted support, address individual learning gaps, and offer personalized feedback, a feat often unattainable in larger classrooms.

In this cozy, less intimidating environment, student engagement flourished. It was as if a sense of belonging blossomed within the small groups. Students found themselves more willing to participate, ask questions, and contribute actively to discussions. Collaboration became a defining feature, as students worked together on projects, shared ideas, and learned from one another’s strengths and weaknesses, fostering a profound understanding of the material.

Interactions between students and instructors deepened in small groups. With fewer students to manage, instructors could provide immediate feedback, answer questions, and monitor progress with greater precision. This conducive atmosphere also promoted discipline and class organization.

The flexible nature of small group instruction was a beacon of hope for those seeking versatile teaching and learning styles. It could easily adapt to accommodate various needs and preferences, enhancing the overall learning experience.

Within these small groups, students found focus. The smaller, less distracting setting allowed them to concentrate more effectively on the material at hand. This, in turn, amplified the efficiency of resource allocation, as instructors could tailor their teaching to address specific learning goals.

Diversity and inclusion thrived in these small group settings. They welcomed students of all backgrounds, including those with special needs, creating an inclusive atmosphere where every voice was heard and valued.

As students progressed, their confidence grew. The non-intimidating environment within small groups encouraged even the most introverted students to step out of their comfort zones, boosting their confidence and communication skills.

Instructors found that assessments were more accurate in small groups, as they could evaluate each student’s progress in depth. This approach allowed them to adapt their teaching strategies based on individual strengths and weaknesses and to implement these strategies smoothly within their small group teaching.

The scaffolding of learning was meticulous within small groups. Instructors structured the learning experience carefully, building upon fundamental ideas before delving into more complex topics. This approach ensured a thorough comprehension of the material.

With fewer students to assess, instructors could provide detailed, constructive feedback on assignments and assessments. Students benefited greatly from this higher quality of feedback.

Small group instruction was also known for its adaptability. Instructors could swiftly adjust their teaching methods to address immediate challenges or seize unique learning opportunities that presented themselves within the small group context.

But perhaps the most enchanting aspect of this small group instruction was the sense of community that these small groups nurtured. Students supported one another, forming bonds that often lasted well beyond the classroom.

In the end, the beauty of small group instruction lies in its ability to create a more personalized, engaging, and effective learning experience. It offered better interaction, collaboration, and adaptability, ultimately leading to improved educational outcomes for students from all walks of life.

In the enchanting world of education, where the beauty of small group instruction thrives, there’s an invitation for you to embark on a remarkable journey of learning. At Scholars Academy for the Gifted, we have harnessed the power of small group instruction to create a dynamic and nurturing environment where your unique potential can truly flourish.

If you seek an educational experience that’s personalized, engaging, and adaptable, join us at Scholars Academy for the Gifted. Discover a community where your voice is heard, your strengths are celebrated, and your growth knows no bounds. It’s a place where collaboration and support are the cornerstones of excellence, and where the pursuit of knowledge is as captivating as it is enlightening.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore the world of small group instruction with us. Your journey to academic and personal success awaits. Join Scholars Academy for the Gifted and unlock your full potential. Enroll today, and let your brilliance shine.

Dr. Laura Lowder

Director & Curriculum Coordinator

K-12 AIG, K-12 Reading Specialist, Dyslexia Structured Reading Therapist (in progress)

National Board Teaching Licensure

Scholars Academy for the Gifted & Artistically Elite

Professor of Education, Pfeiffer University

Mom of 5 highly-gifted, twice-exceptional children, 4 who are thriving at SA4theGifted & 1 who is thriving at UNC-Chapel Hill