Normally, this instructional model is implemented by teachers where they go over the day’s lesson (I Do), engage the class in some examples of that lesson (We Do), and then assign that day’s classwork or homework for students to do independently (You Do).


City Year AmeriCorps members, however, work with students either 1-on-1 or in small groups. And the students they work with either are, or are exhibiting signs that they will soon be, falling behind in the classroom. Corps members work hard to make their time with students as engaging as possible, and the I Do, We Do, You Do technique is just as effective in small group sessions as it is for a whole class.

AmeriCorps members Desmond and Deepa working with students 1-on-1 

One tool that increases the effectiveness of the I Do, We Do, You Do technique is the Progress Log, which corps members use to track how long they’ve worked with each of their students and how students are retaining the information of any given lesson.

Currently serving-Team Leader Brandon engaging a group of students last year at Collins High School 

For example, if a corps member is working on advancing the reading skills of a student, they’ll refer to their Progress Log to determine how well that student has been receiving the information and if there are areas of the lesson that the student should get more practice. Coupled with the I Do, We Do, You Do technique, corps members are able to identify the specific pieces of the lesson that the student is experiencing difficulty retaining.


Corps member Olivia, serving at Kelvyn Park High School, used her whiteboard to write out a few sentences and implemented the think-aloud strategy to identify the figurative language in each sentence. As she was narrating her thinking, students began to engage and were prepared when Olivia asked them to summarize what she just covered. She then used that opportunity to clarify any confusion before having students develop their own sentences with figurative language on their whiteboards.


As we continue this year, we'll be sharing more of the tutoring strategies our corps members use to engage with their students. And as corps members get to know their students better and better each day, we'll also be sharing the creative ways in which they adapt tutoring strategies and tailor them to students based on their learning styles and interests outside of the classroom. 

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