We are so excited to have the school year off to such a great start. I wanted to provide families with an update regarding differentiation. Our differentiation program includes the following:
Reading and Writing: We use readers and writers workshop strategies and the Units of Study to provide differentiated instruction in reading and writing every day. Students are assessed and the appropriate reading material, small group instruction and supports are provided to move skills forward.
Spelling: Many classrooms use a pre assessment process for weekly spelling. When students "test out" or show mastery of the list, they are provided differentiated opportunities rather than studying the mastered list for the week.
Math: All grade levels use unit assessments and small group instruction to focus on specific needs of students in their skill development. In grades 3, 4, 5 unit preassessments are used to group students, provide alternative curriculum or challenge on a unit by unit basis. Middle School math is structured to accommodate four levels of math instruction per grade level. There are numerous pathways that allow for all students to successfully complete as much of the MS math curriculum (6, 7, 8 Common Core Math, Algebra and Geometry) as possible.
Social Studies and Science: The projects and labs for SS and Science are commonly differentiated via open-ended, choice driven and collaborative activities.