Adam's Update 10-21-19

posted Oct 23, 2019, 8:16 AM by Cynthia Friedman

This past week we have changed a few protocols to maximize our learning. 

Our scholars have also grouped themselves for their math work. Most students are collaborating well with their colleagues, while others are working well independently. Please be sure to encourage math work, and inquire about how much time your scholar is dedicating to math each day. We have started daily work plans for students who need a little more math guidance, while also self-directing.

We are encouraging creative writing in class by dedicating a journal for just that purpose. Every student may do journal writing during the day. Many of our kids ask permission to write their own stories during work block, which is great! Since there has been high-demand, we have framed unstructured writing time into their work block as an option for meaningful work. This, coupled with our morning writing prompt, and restructured plan of attack for improving creative writing skills, will help in solidifying some of the norms of good writing.

The students will be given one writing assignment per week, which will be refined the entire week until Friday, when the writing is to be completed, due, and turned in. This will give students the opportunity to practice their writing, proofreading, and editing skills, while also giving them an opportunity to provide, and receive, positive and constructive feedback and criticism. They will each have one-on-one time with a teacher to finalize corrections, as-well-as have a chance for their peers to help them improve on their skills. The 5th and 6th graders will refine their writing down to two paragraphs, and the 4th graders will refine down to one paragraph. This will help them learn efficient and effective writing, and prepare them for middle-school and beyond.

The scholars are also beginning to writing short summaries for their article reading. Note-taking is also a skill they are expected to know upon entering middle-school. In order to give our scholars the tools necessary to succeed in the following years, we are working on note-taking and summary writing to help extract important information to help recall for later reference. We are supplementing summary writing by ordering more language arts material for the classroom,

which will help our scholars be better at analyzing sentences, making inferences, and identifying parts of speech.

Next week is already well underway, and we are very much looking forward to seeing what our scholars will accomplish in the coming weeks!