Title 1 provides academic assistance to selected students who are failing or are at risk of failing to meet the State’s challenging content and student performance standards in reading and mathematics.
The challenge lies in pinpointing where each student is struggling and providing support to each student individually. You cannot simply help in general terms, you must be specific and goal oriented.
I have found that most importantly, the classroom environment has to allow for every student to be comfortable in trying out new things, making mistakes, learning from them and from other students.
In my Title 1 classes, although I am the teacher, I encourage the students to explain their thought process when solving problems. Other students will agree or understand a different approach, which is more efficient than just hearing my methods. The board has now become their scratch paper and they use it constantly to work out problems together, which is better than me walking them through it.
As much as I disagree with the NCLB Act, Title 1 is at least useful in giving support to the kids that start to fall behind.