I have one class that has only 3 students. I know right? The pros are that I can work with them individually and I can differentiate as needed. But when it comes to using one of the tasks it does not work. I have one that only wants to do things her way. She has stronger math skills but her lack of working with other students is hindering her. I have another that really lacks confidence. She definitely has gaps in her understanding but when I work with her she picks it up pretty well. The other student is very social but getting his thoughts organized to be able to communicate his thinking is a struggle for him.
I tried to pair students up and that did not work the first time. Yesterday I tried to have them start individually then look at each other’s work to see if they could help each other. When it comes to playing math games together they are great. Its just the cooperative work where this is a struggle. I think working on one of the tasks together could really help them. I am thinking that maybe since these are 6th grade Algebra Readiness students (this is an extra math class to help fill in gaps of learning of struggling students) that maybe I should look for easier tasks that are readily accessible by these students.
Overall these students love being in the class because it is so small and they just enjoy that. They like the idea of the tasks and I know they want to do them. But individually they are not getting them, and I want to help them see how to work together. Any suggestions would be apprecaited.