Learners in the Fast Lane

In the book Learners in the Fast Lane: 8 Ways to Put All Students on the Road to Academic Success, (2014) Rollins’ suggests that students who have fallen behind should be accelerated rather than remediated. This means that students should be provided with timely instruction in skills that that will be immediately useful in upcoming units and lessons. This gives students a chance to practise these skills in a meaningful context, and also provides the schema necessary to engage meaningfully with new material.

The question that comes to my mind when I read this – and I hope this will be answered as I get into the book – is when is this instruction to take place? If it takes place before the unit starts, then does it take place during the previous unit? If so, would it be confusing for struggling learners who may need the extra time and attention to complete the unit that their class is currently working on?

This is a very intriguing concept, but the details of implementation would need to be worked out very carefully, and would require a great deal of collaboration between the classroom and resource teachers, and likely between same-grade classroom teachers as well.

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