Curriculum

In addition to linking the Common Core Standards to daily instruction in the classroom, I will be extending learning using a variety of programs and practices.

Visualizing and Verbalizing

The Visualizing and Verbalizing® (V/V®) program develops concept imagery—the ability to create a detailed visual image from language—as a basis for comprehension and higher order thinking. The development of concept imagery improves reading and listening comprehension, memory, oral vocabulary, critical thinking, and writing (Gander Publishing).

Note-taking

Students will implement a variety of note-taking strategies to enhance their ability to understand text and begin composing their writing assignments.  The Cornell note-taking method, SQ3R, and the use of a variety of concept specific graphic organizers are just a few of the many techniques that will be practiced in my program.

Technology

Students will integrate technology to enhance their learning.  Through apps, like QuickNode, students will draw conclusions and make connections after a lesson by thinking of the central idea and related details and subtopics. Students can also extend their learning using visual media programs, like PicCollage and iMovie.  Flashcard Hero is another great learning tool to master memorization of material. In addition we utilize the Achieve 3000 program to increase nonfiction reading comprehension and writing skills each week.  We have had many successful data to support the use of this program at our school on a daily basis.

Executive Functioning

Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Through the use of careful long-term planning and coordination with the classroom teacher, students will grow in their ability to be successful in school (taken from the Center on the Developing Child- Harvard).

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In addition to small group instruction in phonics and comprehension, I appeal to students’ visual talents by creating anchor posters for reading strategies and skills, such as fluency and main idea.

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