When and How to Reteach

There is a tendency today, especially with older students, to not reteach. Yet sometimes the most effective approach to increase student learning is to stay with a topic until a student masters the skill or knowledge.

Given the rigor of Common Core, accommodations to create a student-centered classroom are essential to maximize learning for all children and youth, including students with disabilities, English Language Learners and the passive resistant learner. Yet even with scaffolded lessons and planning, the most effective preparation sometimes fails. This module will help teachers and principals make the important decision about when and for whom reteaching is appropriate and also offer ideas about how to present information the second or third time around. One aspect of reflecting on ways to assess students for readiness for reteaching concerns the student-centered classroom. Participants will learn about the techniques used to create student-centered classroom.

Key Points

  • Teaching to mastery is a concept used in many practical aspects of life, so it using it in school can be an important addition, especially for foundational concepts and skills.
  • Reteaching may be warranted in order to try alternate teaching or learning strategies.
  • Reteaching needs to be considered in relationship to rigor, pre-requisite skills, student strengths, and overall progress in the curriculum.


1-5 hours


Reem Labib, Suzan Mullane, Dr. Christine Mason