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Multiage Instruction

Guided learning means that part of a student’s instruction will be in small, flexible groups of like learners where he or she can be challenged but not overwhelmed. Over the course of the year, children develop and they may get out of sync with their group; in that case the teacher may move them to another guided group that suits their needs...
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Teacher Specialization

Teacher specialization, sometimes called content specialization, simply means teachers who focus on a particular subject. Core content teachers in grades two through five specialize in either Literacy/Social Studies or in Math/STEAM. We know that children learn best when they make connections in their learning; the district integrates the Common Core Standards...
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Elementary STEAM

STEAM stands for an integrated, authentic approach to teaching:
Science
Technology
Engineering
Arts
Math
...the arts being integrated when appropriate. STEAM teachers also extend instruction in reading, writing, speaking and listening. STEAM fosters innovation...
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WIN
Time


WIN stands for What I Need, and is a highly individualized time in the day for students in grades 1 through 5 during which students get extra help, extensions or enrichment. First graders have one WIN time, and students in grades 2-5 have two: there is a WIN time for literacy/social studies and a WIN time for math/STEAM. Teachers collaborate closely to plan for this time.
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Problem-Based Learning

PBL stands for Problem-Based Learning (or Project-Based Learning) in which students identify a real-world challenge to solve or address. PBL combines the theoretical with the practical as teachers facilitate children in their exploration and discovery allowing the children to participate in creating their learning goals and charting their path...
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D41 Learner Characteristics

The District 41 Learner Characteristics are 30 skills, applications, habits and attitudes that are essential for success in the 21st century. The explosion of knowledge and the demands of the 21st century mean that educators must go far beyond “dispensing knowledge” if they are to help students be successful in school, life and career.
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Guided
Learning


Guided learning means that part of a student’s instruction will be in small, flexible groups of like learners where he or she can be challenged but not overwhelmed. Over the course of the year, children develop and they may get out of sync with their group; in that case the teacher may move them to another guided group that suits their needs.
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Elementary School at a glance

Preschool
• Learning, making friends!
Kindergarten
• Half-day program
First grade
• Curriculum aligned to the Common Core
Second grade
• Students have two main teachers
Third grade
• Art and music weekly, PE daily
Fourth/Fifth grade
• Multiage groupings of 4/5 students during literacy/social studies More →