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Content Teacher Discusses Instructional Benefit of Independent Learning Time at Roots

Roots teacher, Lecksy Wolk, explains how independent learning time allows her to spend more time on small-group instruction.

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Transcript: Lecksy Wolk: generally speaking, when you're thinking about a small group in a traditional classroom, you have 20 of your 30 kids doing independent work, and then like 6 to 10 of them at your U table in the front of the room to do instruction. And so you're not only trying to focus on individual work with these six to eight kids in front of you, but you're also monitoring kids that are doing the independent work in the back. And what this allows us to do is move the independent work into a larger area with monitors and other teachers that are doing that for us, and giving me the time to very, very like, specifically work with eight – a very small group of scholars on something very specific without worrying about what anyone else is doing.

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