Teachers at HKT Elementary got RICED today! They learned strategies such as RICED and Somebody Wanted But So to help their students make sense of word problems and persevere in solving them.
A big shout out to Inspire and Engage Consulting Services for providing the training, along with some in class coaching. The teachers had a ball, and our students will certainly benefit when they return to the classroom to use these strategies.
OCSD4 will use Monday, October 19th as their first make up day from the five days that the district was out due to the floods. October 19th was originally scheduled as a teacher work day, but now will be a full student day. The district will decide on the remaining make up days at the October board meeting.
The ELA teachers at Hunter- Kinard-Tyler Elementary School took a class, led by Mrs. Sydna Zylm, that taught the Spalding Method. This is a language arts program for grades K–6 that uses explicit, integrated instruction, and multisensory techniques. These attributes are to teach spelling, writing, and reading. The Spalding spelling instruction focuses on teaching students how to read and write 70 common phonograms (sounds-symbols) and how to blend these phonograms into high-frequency words.
The writing goal for Spalding is to have the students’ progress through the process of learning to compose sentences and paragraphs, then to write stories, plays, poems, and research reports. To support this progression, writing lessons focus on types of writing and the attributes and structure of quality writing. During reading instruction, students are encouraged to use what they have learned about phonograms and word structure to read new words. The reading lessons emphasize text structure, along with listening and reading comprehension strategies.
Our teachers are marching into the new school year armed with strategies to teach students what they need to be the best they can be!
Hunter- Kinard-Tyler Elementary School is off to a great start this 2015-2016 school year. Ms. Gerald has established several professional development activities and programs to assist her staff in new and interesting ways that will enhance their ability to instruct their students this year.
The first of many seminars was presented by author Concepcion Molina titled, “The Problem with Math is English.” Dr. Molina showed and explained to the HKTE math staff that teaching math becomes easier when teachers are able to communicate the English language, symbolism, and representation of math to all of their students in several ways without shortcuts. Correct mathematical English will enrich the content knowledge and assist the teacher and student in finding confidence in their ability to think and reason through math.