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A Personal Touch - Do you want to meet the needs of all students in your classroom? Personalized Learning is one strategy to help make teaching a little easier and meet student needs. It frees up your time to work strategically with smaller groups of students. Students can learn at their own rate and ability. Check out the link below!
Cara Herkamp, Director of Curriculum & Instruction
TAKE AWAY: Brief, ungraded writing activities can activate prior knowledge, elicit questions, build comprehension, promote discussion, and help students reflect on ideas covered.
Effective writing instruction involves praise and thoughtful questioning more so than the traditional intensive marking of papers. In fact, research strongly shows that traditional grading practices do not promote improvement in writing. Traditional grading processes are simply ineffective and a waste of teachers’ precious time and energy.
Instead, teachers should have brief conferences with students and have student mark their own papers, focusing on a rubric or one to two areas of instruction. When writing instruction involves conversation versus isolation, student writers generate more ideas for their writing.
Gifted & Talented - Creative Inquiry
Tom Espy, Director of Academic Services and Assessment
The Creative Inquiry class has gotten off to a great start this year! Students are ASKING great questions, then RESEARCHING and EVALUATING solutions! This quarter's theme is SCIENCE and some of the questions being asked and answered include:
How can we, as scientists . . .
- Grade 3 . . .design a possible solution to an environmental problem?
- Grade 4 . . .evaluate the benefits and risks of science or technology in society?
- Grade 5 . . .justify our stance on space exploration?
- Grade 6 . . .propose a solution to a water problem?
- Grade 7 . . .evaluate a population problem and possible solutions?