Tutorials are designed to give students an extra opportunity to fill gaps in their learning. For example, students who struggle with reading are assigned to tutorials that address their specific reading issues; or students who didn’t quite get a certain math lesson can be assigned to a re-teach tutorial where they can do the lesson over again but in a different way. Alternatively, students who don’t require extra help can engage in extension activities to deepen their understanding of their studies.
Tutorials run every afternoon for 25 minutes. Mondays and Wednesdays are dedicated to humanities with a focus on literacy. Tuesdays and Thursdays are dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math with a focus on numeracy. For the most part, teachers assign students to the tutorial that best addresses the student’s needs. However, students can be given some choice in this process. Ferocious Fridays are all about student choice when they are given a variety of interesting activities to explore that they wouldn’t normally be exposed to in their studies.
Tutorial offerings change over time depending on student needs. For example, a group of students may have difficulty proofreading their own work, so a teacher would offer a 4-week mini-course on this subject. Other humanities tutorials may address reading fluency, vocabulary building, graphic organizers, grammar, syntax, poetry, school newsletter, short story writing, and so on. STEM tutorials include math re-teach, real world math, problem-solving, number sense, remedial math, and so forth. Ferocious Friday tutorials include computer coding, photography, run club, ceramics, origami, driver’s ed., yoga, choir, fantasy hockey, chess, crossfit, Lego, guitar, etc.
Ask your child what tutorials they’re in. What’s their favourite? What else would they like to see offered?