At School No. 45, the teachers of grades K-3 work tirelessly to provide our youngest students, rich and meaningful reading and writing instruction based on the NYS Common Core Standards which are a set of grade level goals designed to prepare our students for college and careers. In the area of reading, student participate in a differentiated support block each day. During this time, teachers work with small groups of students based on their needs.
In the area of writing, students in grades K-3 work on various types of writing such as narrative writing, report writing, persuasive writing, and response to literature. During this time, the teacher conferences with students to ensure that students are using the skill taught in their writing. At the end of the Writing Block, students come to Author’s Chair where they share what they’ve written with the rest of the students.
School No. 45 uses The New York State Common Core Standards which provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
The goal of the ELA Curriculum in grades 4-8 is for each of our students to become a successful reader, writer, and communicator. Teachers use assessments such as AIMSweb, NWEA and a variety of other ELA assessments to determine the individual needs of students. When visiting an intermediate classroom at School No. 45, you will see students working in small groups with teachers or in individualized learning centers during differentiated support time. Teachers closely monitor the progress of students and change learning plans frequently to meet the changing needs of students. We teach students according to their learning needs because we want every child to be a successful reader and writer.