- Break it down.
- Talk slower.
- Use 5th grade words (not college words)
- Give shorter packets, but make them challenging.
- Don't "cold call," instead say "Would you like to answer this question?"
- Give students a heads-up for questioning by saying, "I want everyone to be alert and ready for questions.
- Check in.
After that I practiced using their suggestions as I taught that small group. They agreed that I was off to a good start and asked when we could learn like that again. I told them that we'd try to work together a few times each week. They were happy.