Curriculum Night So then, just as you received Christ jesus as LORD, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Col. 2:6 7.
Curriculum NightSo then, just as you received Christ jesus as LORD, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Col. 2:6 7
The purpose of FIL school is to provide a Christ centered, quality education for the children who attend here so they may
“Everything we do at First Immanuel Lutheran School aligned with our Christian beliefs and is for the good of the children. We believe in continual improvement and excellence in all things.”
We desire to be an accredited school (2014-2015 is our renewal year)
Accreditation drives school improvement
We must have a standards-based curriculum – begin with the end in mind
Faith is our primary objective – always!
Standards -- the setting of what students should know and be able to do.
Curriculum -- the means and materials with which students will interact for the purpose of achieving the standards [identified educational outcomes].
Curriculum mapping -- a procedure for reviewing the operational curriculum as it is entered into an electronic database. It can serve to allow all staff to see and share the plan for the entire school.
Terra Nova Math scores at the elementary level have been low for the last few years
Grades earned in math that in the past reflected student effort did not give an accurate measure of student ability and skill, resulting in high paper grades, but not providing accurate information for algebra class placement
Students in Algebra with inadequate understanding of number lines, fractions, long division, and the ability to problem solve
Necessary topics were not getting covered in lower grades if they were at the end of the textbook
More problem solving encouraged at all levels. Our previous series (and other series) handle all of the topics individually and then have a "separate" activity / lesson for problem solving. enVision incorporates problem solving throughout each lesson / unit without it feeling "thrown together“
The terminology and content of the 6th grade is more rigorous than our previous curriculum.
More emphasis is placed on verbal and written expression. The kids have to be able to explain what they are doing, not just get an answer.
Algebra content is infused throughout the units
The assessment tools given in this curriculum are much better than our previous series. In the old series, I had to write all of my own tests. For this series, I'm only having to add, subtract a little bit but have found their assessments very worthwhile.
I have not encountered a single example of an agenda, of any "new math", of anything other than a solid math curriculum.
We are teaching the same basic skills and content (ex. geometry, two and three digit addition/subtraction, place value, etc.) but with more of an emphasis on critical thinking about these skills/the mathematical processes and practical application through problem solving
One thing that is better this year is the way students need to write their own word problems. I can really see if they understand the concept when they need to make their own problem at the end of the lesson. They also need to explain the reason for an answer and that is when you see how much they know, the deeper understanding makes that possible.
I love the questions that ask my students to explain. It has been a hard transition for them as they are very unfamiliar with this concept, but I am amazed at what they come up with and how they are able to explain the whys of something. I love that my students are learning how to defend their answers or dialogue with one another when they don't agree. I really see my students being pushed to think deeper. That deeper thinking has allowed more self-confidence.
The textbook and teacher support materials are much better written than our previous book. In our previous book, students, as well as parents and teachers, were often left wondering exactly what it was they were being asked to do. This book is much more clear.
The in-book Topic tests show the students and parents exactly what will be asked of the students on the next Topic assessment. No one needs to wonder what they will be tested on, and students can begin preparing for the test from day one.
The in-class video supports are helpful to provide "set" for each lesson, and get the class thinking in the right direction.
The content at the 3rd grade level is basically the exact same content we have taught for years. The difference is that now we are focusing on deeper understandings of the material, rather than a rote memorization of an algorithm with no conceptual understanding. Many methods (ways) may be shown to solve a problem, including the standard algorithm. This shows the children that there are many ways to think about or think through a math problem. Additionally, there is now more of a focus and higher expectations for kids to be able to explain why they are doing what they are doing. I have seen an increase in understanding of number sense and the ability of the 3rd graders to explain their thinking. In real life, adults are not handed a sheet of math problems to solve. They are given real life problems in which they need to apply their math knowledge. This program is better preparing kids to solve real life math problems, instead of a sheet of math facts.
The math series is teaching kids strategies. Each time they learn something new they are adding to their math tool belt. They will be armed to solve anything that comes their way.
Teach learners how to learnThe most important thing we can do is cultivate thinkers who can evolve their skills and capabilities because they’ve developed an ability to think deeply and critically. These new learners will be able to adapt to new circumstances, stimuli, and challenges. We want to develop students who possess a flexible and versatile intelligence. We want to develop adaptive thinkers. They will be the ones who will drive- not survive- the future. http://www.dreambox.com/blog/whats-future-learning