A Day in the Life of a 2 Sigma Student


2 Sigma Explained

What do students do differently than a normal classroom?
In a 2 Sigma classroom, each student receives a unique learning experience. Whether receiving individual attention from a teacher, working collaboratively with other students, or using personalized learning software, each student’s day is designed to target the specific learning needs of that student.

How does 2 Sigma enable one-on-one instruction without increasing costs?
Rather than increasing manpower or adding school days, 2 Sigma empowers existing classroom teachers to make efficient use of the time they have and maximize their ability to meet each student’s needs. Find out more about how 2 Sigma achieves this.

What are students doing on the computers?
Students use carefully selected online educational tools which are personalized, adaptive, and aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The software tools present material in an incredibly engaging way, while tracking student progress at every step. This allows teachers to spend their valuable time and talents where each student needs their help the most. Learn more about 2 Sigma's software partners.

Are students learning from the teacher or from the computer?
Both! Students learn best when teachers can provide one-on-one instruction exactly where they need it. The educational software enables students to progress through material at their own pace, and provides teachers with precise insight on which material to cover in one-on-one instruction. If a group of students is struggling with a particular concept, those students can be grouped together for a lesson on that particular skill.

How do students develop non-cognitive skills like grit and collaboration?
In the 2 Sigma model, students experience a variety of learning activities on a daily basis. While each student’s learning path is unique, students spend much of their days communicating with teachers and collaborating with other students in small groups. At the same time, students are taught to be independent learners with persistence and self-motivation, eager to overcome obstacles and driven to succeed.

What kind of data do teachers see?
Teachers receive a variety of daily reports that indicate which concepts each individual student has mastered, and where the student needs help from a teacher. Administrators receive high-level reports on the progress of each class and the school as a whole.

How do teachers access the data?
Teachers receive nightly reports sent directly to their inbox. The reports are all designed using extensive feedback and input from 2 Sigma teachers to make them easy to navigate and focused on what’s important.

What are the teachers doing during the day?
Teachers spend the vast majority of their time working with students one-on-one, teaching small groups, and supporting students using software.

Is this hard for teachers?
Teachers report that by implementing 2 Sigma, they are finally able to give their students the individual attention the students need to succeed. Teachers also feel that they have a much easier time managing a classroom where everyone is productive and engaged nearly every minute of the day. When implementing 2 Sigma, every teacher is listened to in order to make sure they feel comfortable with any changes and that their needs are being met. No change is effortless, so 2 Sigma looks for opportunities to make any initial transitions as seamless as possible. 

What about students who normally need extra help?
These students often see the largest gains with 2 Sigma. Rather than being forced to “keep up” in a traditional classroom, these students spend their time developing skills according to their specific needs. In a 2 Sigma classroom, teachers know exactly how to personally help every student - and have ample time to spend a few extra minutes with a student who may need more guidance.

Read more about the results of 2 Sigma in pilot schools.

You can see the sense of empowerment and excitement on the students’ faces.
— 3rd Grade Teacher