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ACADEMICS
 

Reading and Writing Workshop

One of the primary goals of PS/MS 34- FDR is helping each child develop a love for reading and writing. Whether your child is already an avid reader or reluctant to pick up a book, we have wonderful resources to enhance his or her understanding of language arts. Our curriculum is based on The Columbia University Teacher’s College Reading & Writing Project (TCRWP). The Reading & Writing Project allows us to tailor our work to meet each student’s individual needs. Teachers team with TCRWP staff developers help to strengthen their skills in teaching literacy. This on-site training enables our teachers to gain insights and strategies, watch demonstrations, and apply these methods with our students.

 

Workshop Model

Lucy Calkins’ workshop model offers components of balanced literacy instruction, taking the best of what real readers and writers do and explicitly teaching these processes to students. Small group instruction is tailored to students’ individual needs. Typically, a reading or writing workshop lesson can includes the following:

  • Mini-lesson: students gather together and the teacher demonstrates an explicit reading or writing strategy.

  • Independent Work: students practice the strategy independently or with a partner.

  • Share: one or more students share their work with the class.

An essential part of reading workshop is small group reading and one-on-one conferences.  Extensive time is provided for independent reading. Students are able to chose their own books during reading time. During writing workshop, children also work independently; from kindergarten onward, children are encouraged to express themselves with paper and pencil.  While students work independently, teachers pull small groups or conference with individuals.

 

Envision Math

The curriculum features daily problem-based interactive math learning followed by visual learning strategies deepen conceptual understanding by making meaningful connections for students and delivering strong, sequential visual/verbal connections through the visual learning bridge in every lesson. It emphasizes the importance of using hands-on experiences and visual models to develop understanding of math concepts as a foundation for using standard methods to communicate the same ideas Ongoing diagnosis and intervention and daily data-driven differentiation ensure that envision MATH gives every student the opportunity to succeed.