A computer system decides which students need which math lessons at Boody Intermediate School in Brooklyn, writes Nichole Dobo on the Hechinger Report.
In a corner of a very large room, John Garuccio wrote a multiplication problem on a digital whiteboard. A computer system had identified which 20 students — out of 150 sixth graders in the room — need this lesson, based on yesterday’s quiz.
“Where does the decimal point go in the product?” asked Garuccio. When a boy provided the right answer, he added, “Tell me why. It’s good to have the right answer, but you need to know why.”
Teach to One: Math combines small group lessons, one-on-one learning with a teacher, learning directly from software and online tutoring.
Math class spans two 35-minute sessions, with students and teachers rotating to new stations after the first session. . . . On a recent day in December, the classroom was staffed with one math director, five teachers, two teaching assistants and a technology aide.
. . . The software used by the Teach to One system pulls lessons from a database created and curated by the program’s academic team.
A recent study found above-average learning gains at most Teach to One schools. In the study’s second year, Teach to One students performed 47 percent better than the national average, notes NPR.
Teach to One co-founder, Joel Rose, “credits that to the algorithm’s ability to improve itself, but also to second-year schools becoming more acclimated with the program and learning how to train teachers to better use the software.”