Learning

LITERACY

All students in K-4 grade will have 120 minutes minimum of literacy. Students in 5th Grade will have Literacy for a double block of 160 minutes. 6th Grade students will have their Literacy class for 105 minutes plus additional time during their 6th grade WIN time weekly. 

Curriculum Used: Starting in 2021-2022 SME will be piloting the Wonders Literacy Program. It will include reading and writing instruction. The program is aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards for 2020. 

Other materials and assessments that will be used: 

  • The Next Steps for Guided Reading by Jan Richardson
  • Literacy Framework
    • Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Partner Reading, Comprehension, Accuracy and Fluency
  • Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy for Intervention
  • iReady
  • The Write Tools
  • Fundations (K-3rd)
  • Words Their Way (4th-6th)
  • Rubrics for Assessment

Important at Stone Mountain

  1. Teach essential skills and strategies.
    Effective reading teachers teach skills, strategies, and concepts.
  2. Provide differentiated instruction based on assessment results and adapt instruction to meet students' needs.
    Effective teachers recognize that one size doesn't fit all and are ready to adapt instruction-both content and methods.
  3. Provide explicit and systematic instruction with lots of practice-with and without teacher support and feedback, including cumulative practice over time.
    Students should not have to infer what they are supposed to learn.
  4. Provide opportunities to apply skills and strategies in reading and writing meaningful text with teacher support.
    Students need to be taught what to do when they get to a "hard word."
  5. Don't just "cover" critical content; be sure students learn it-monitor student progress regularly and reteach as necessary.
    Effective teachers adjust their teaching accordingly to try to accelerate student progress. 

Math

K-6 grade teachers have agreed to a 75 minute math block.

Materials and Assessments Used

  • enVision
  • iReady
  • CML (Continental Math League)

Important at Stone Mountain

  1. Use of concrete, real-life examples that are meaningful and memorable as an introduction to key mathematical concepts.
  2. Repeated exposures to mathematical concepts and skills to develop children's ability to recall knowledge from long-term memory.
  3. Frequent practice of basic computation skills to build mastery of procedures and quick recall of facts, often through games and verbal exercises.
  4. Use of multiple methods and problem-solving strategies to foster true proficiency and accommodate different learning styles.

Science/Social Studies

K-4: Science and social studies are integrated into the literacy block where students are able to use real world experiences and content knowledge to build a strong foundation of all science and social studies standards.

5-6: Due to departmentalization, science and social studies are taught in a specific 80 minute class per day for 5th Grade and 105 minutes for 6th grade.

Materials and Assessments Used

  • STEMScopes

Important at Stone Mountain

  1. Authentic Experiences for students
  2. Connection to 21st Century Skills
  3. Hands-on experiences
  4. Inquiry based

Differentiation

Differentiation is at the heart of what we believe at Stone Mountain. It ensures that all of our students receive the best education possible.

What is differentiation at SME?

Differentiation is how each and every one of our teachers meets the needs of ALL of our students. Every child is greeted with teachers who believe in helping each child to reach their fullest potential through instruction that is tailored to each student's need. Every child at Stone Mountain is expected to show at least a year's growth. Every teacher embraces each child and their current level of instruction and plans specific and individualized lessons to match and enrich the current level. This process helps all of our students to be successful, show growth and mastery, and set goals for improvement.

What does differentiation look like at Stone Mountain?

Differentiation begins at the very beginning of the school year. In order to meet the need of every child at Stone Mountain, teachers use a variety of assessments to determine both current strengths and areas for growth. We use a variety of assessments to accurately identify each student's needs.

  • Literacy includes iReady, Jan Richardson Reading Assessment, Comprehension Strategy Assessment, Write Tools, Fundations, Words Their Way and other classroom assessments.
  • Mathematics include pre and post testing for units of instruction and iReady.

Once the assessments have been scored and strengths and areas for growth are identified, our teachers and students go to work. Our teachers work collaboratively together and with our students to create pathways for learning that are purposeful and meaningful to each individual. At SME, students are a part of the process.

How do we differentiate?

  • Small group instruction based on students' needs: These groups are flexible and change throughout the year as students progress through their own learning pathway. Once a skill or concept is mastered, students move on to the next skill in their learning pathway. This occurs in literacy and mathematics.
  • Conferring: Throughout the reading and writing processes in the classrooms, our teachers meet with kids individually. This process allows for the teacher to give direct instruction to every child with concepts that are needed at that given point in time. This allows the teacher to give meaningful instruction to each student with lessons that are specific to the child.
  • RTI: We also have two RTI specialists. They collaboratively work with teachers to provide extra support in literacy and math for students who have this as a need.
  • GT: In addition the regular classroom instruction, we also have two GT teachers who work collaboratively with teachers to extend the curriculum and challenge our learners who fall under the Gifted and Talented criteria. In addition to meeting the needs of our GT students, they work with teachers to provide small group instruction for students who need to go beyond the grade level curriculum.
  • Pre and Post Testing: Teachers at SME utilize pre-tests to determine which skills/lessons are already known by each student in the class. Teachers can then group kids for instruction based on their needs. Students may be given extra support or enriched and extended based upon the pre-tests. Post-tests help our students to see the growth and progress that has been made within a unit of instruction.
  • Goal Setting: Students are a part of differentiation at SME. They work with their teachers to set goals for their learning based upon their assessments and daily work. They also work in a variety of ways to track their progress towards their goals.

Differentiation for our students helps each child to reach their fullest potential. It is best practice in instruction. We strive to meet all of our kids' needs in these meaningful and purposeful lessons and units of instruction.