We are excited to have the opportunity to update the Unified Arts curriculum this year. The UA team met multiple times this fall to look at new standards, communicate with their peers and align curriculum vertically. The arts are an important part of a 21st Century education. We are fortunate to have an amazing UA staff in Barrington who are forward thinking and innovative with their ideas. Our music and art teachers provide opportunities for students to create, present, respond, and connect to music and art. The physical education and health teachers aim to provide experiences for students to explore a variety of motor skills and develop a sense of value for physical activity. Our technology, library, and REACH programs strive to allow students more opportunities to communicate ideas, create prototypes, research new ideas,
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This fall, our Barrington Middle School Reading teachers have been attending professional development to increase their knowledge of performance based assessment. Teachers worked on creating a task and rubric to measure student learning. This work supports standards-based instruction and grading. It is exciting to have our teachers working to provide innovative ways for students to demonstrate their learning. We look forward to continuing to work with the BMS Reading teachers this spring as they further develop and implement their performance tasks.
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and problem solve solutions. Our family consumer science curriculum will continue to help students to develop and integrate skills and practices for careers in textiles and the home. The UA team is enthusiastic about enhancing student learning through the use of improved technology and tools for students.
We are readers!
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We are in our second year implementing a supplemental educational program called i-Ready for math and reading. Students are assessed using i-Ready in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Teachers use i-Ready data and assessments as a way to check in on student progress in math and reading. Another component to i-Ready is online instruction. The i-Ready online instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual needs so your child can learn at a pace that is just right for him or her. To deepen your child's learning using the online instruction you can encourage them to use i-Ready at home.
Our next i-Ready diagnostic assessment will be held during the month of January. Please encourage your child to try their best! Follow the link below to watch a short parent/family video to learn more about i-Ready.
Teachers have been working diligently to learn about and implement the workshop model for reading instruction. Professional development began last spring and continued this summer with a 2-day workshop in August. We are fortunate to have Reading Specialist Diane Messer who brought in a consultant, Martha Heller-Winokur, to provide us with multiple days of professional learning and collaboration.
This model allows teachers to check in with students about what they are reading to improve comprehension, help students to choose books that are at their level and match their interests and meet with students to provide instruction on specific reading strategies. Most of all students have time to read and are developing a love for books!
Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities!
As we work to provide students with a strong foundation for Social Emotional Learning (SEL) our Responsive Classroom leadership group is focusing on continuing their professional learning around classroom strategies for SEL and student choice. The group is reading The Joyful Classroom to learn more about ways to engage and challenge students. Throughout the fall group members have had thoughtful discussion around making academics engaging for students, getting to know students as learners, and helping students to work together productively in collaborative groups. Responsive Classroom is a school wide initiative in grades PK-4. Kids benefit from consistent school wide expectations, routines, and a positive school community. Teachers at the ECLC and BES greet students at the door, engage with students in a morning meeting, provide energizers for students to refocus on learning, and set aside quiet time for centering.
Check out the video to the left to learn more about Responsive Classroom!
10, 15, 23: iReady Webinar
26: STEM Educator's Summit at UNH Durham
12: New Teacher Peer Observation Day
18: Quality Performance Assessment
1: Responsive Classroom - Waltham, MA
18: Math with Technology in Early Education - UNH Course University of NH
21-22: NELMS Annual Conference
22: District Teacher Workshop Day
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