The Eye Level Classroom Flow

We hope your first month with Eye Level has been productive and beneficial. To help ensure you and your child are able to get the most out of your studies with EyeLevel, we would like to share our classroom procedures and new student tips.

Classroom Flow
As a student studies with Eye Level, she will follow certain procedures within the classroom. The class flow is an integral part of each student's learning process. The classroom routine helps set the expectations for the student and sets her on the path to becoming a confident and self-directed learner.
When a student comes to the center, she checks in with the center director or instructor and submits her completed homework. The student receives her classwork and begins with the assigned "target pages." The target pages in an EyeLevel booklet are the pages that introduce the new concept, provide examples and steps, and then provide a few basic problems for the student to solve.
Each student will receive one-on-one coaching with the instructor. This is the time where the instructor and student can ask questions, review previous work, and discuss the new work. Aside from receiving guidance and explanations, the coaching time is also critical because it allows the instructor to observe the student. After coaching the student on a topic, the instructor can observe as the student solves questions to ensure understanding and that the student is confident with the work.
Once the coaching time and target pages are complete, the student will work independently on the instructor's assignments, as well as incorporate various supplemental activities, such as flash cards, math manipulatives, and independent readers.
A healthy balance of one-on-one coaching and independent study is vital for a student's growth and for the long-term retention of concepts.
Students need to receive guidance and ask questions, but they also need to know how to solve their work efficiently on their own. They must complete schoolwork alone at home and perform independently on tests at school. For the skills learned at Eye Level to transfer to these other areas, it is essential that we develop their confidence and ability to independently solve problems.

Tips for New Learners

   1.  Encourage a deeper understanding

  • If your child thinks the work at his starting point is too easy, challenge him to explain the concepts in his own words.
  • Often it isn't that the child "doesn't know how" to do the work at their starting point, it is that they haven't mastered and internalized the concept.
  • Focus on having the child complete a page within a given time limit. (Each math booklet has target times for pages-ask your center director what the child's goal should be for their booklet and level.)

   2.  Spread out the work

  • Help your child build good study habits by setting up a routine.
  • Studying a little bit every day is better for long-term retention of material than cramming three hours of study into one day.
  • Consider having your child work 15 minutes every day on their Eye Levelwork.
  • This can also increase focus and reduce careless mistakes.

   3.  Be proactive

  • Encourage your child to read all directions carefully before asking questions.
  • Encourage your child to prepare themselves for their next Eye Level class by checking that all homework is completed and packed in their backpack.