LITERACY AT SEQUOYAH
Literacy at Sequoyah begins with the Journeys curriculum as the foundation. This curriculum is taught through the structure of reading and writing workshops. Workshops begin with a mini-lesson about specific reading or writing skills. The lesson is short, very focused, and led by the teacher. There is an opportunity for students to try out the new skill together with the teacher’s guidance, after which the students will practice the skill independently. During the time the students are working independently, the teacher is monitoring their work and is working with small groups. Students are provided opportunities to read independently or with peers, respond to the books they’re reading, work on research projects, and discuss texts with the teacher and one another. Writing time allows students to apply a newly taught skill to their writing, edit and revise with peers, and practice being a writer, as well as individually conference with the teacher for specific feedback.
The Journeys curriculum gives teachers and students much exposure to and practice with technology, from electronic books, to literacy activities that build on new learnings, to web-based writing. Students today must be technologically savvy and Journeys helps with this! But teachers also know it is crucial that their students hold and read actual copies of books, too. Sequoyah Elementary has not only a large library for students to routinely browse and make book selections, but an extensive literacy library where teachers select sets of appropriate books for their students to read together. Students at Sequoyah are exposed to many pieces of quality literature daily.
MATH AT SEQUOYAH
Teachers at Sequoyah Elementary use the Eureka Math curriculum for instruction in mathematics, which carefully sequences the mathematical progressions into expertly crafted modules. With eight per grade, these rigorous modules include a series of lessons that build to a conceptual understanding developmentally appropriate for that grade. The lessons are based on the belief that students must not only know HOW to solve a math problem, but must understand WHY the solution worked. After the module is completed, students are assessed to check for understanding. As necessary, there is a period of re-teaching so that each student reaches mastery of the concepts before moving ahead. Each module builds on prior learnings and uses a spiraling method to keep all learning active in students’ thinking. Eureka Math connects math to the real world and equips students with the skills necessary for the application of these skills in authentic settings.
Eureka Math is fully aligned with and meets or exceeds all mathematical standards and practices. It provides educators with professional development and support materials. In addition, there are resources available for parents at https://greatminds.org/math/parents. These materials are free and easy to understand, although parents will need to set up an account to access them. The materials are by grade levels and provide parents with overviews to the modules, key terms used, and hints for how to help at home. Sequoyah Elementary encourages parents to take advantage of these materials, as well as the videos available for parents’ support.
TECHNOLOGY AT SEQUOYAH
Sequoyah has had the good fortune through district funds, Reward and Recognition money, and support from the PTO to provide students access to a range of technological resources. Students have an opportunity to work with the following varied devices:
All third and fourth grade classes are 1:1 with student laptops; with fourth grade classrooms utilizing Google Classroom extensively
Each K-4 classroom has six to eight iPadsare for student use in K-2nd grade rooms, as well
Our library houses six iMacs and six PCs, as well as a class set of iPads, which are shared by specialists
There are six 3-D printers in the STEAM room, which are utilized to extend science, math, and social studies concepts
The computer lab houses 26 desktops. Each kindergarten and first grade classroom attends the lab weekly for 30 minutes to learn beginning computer operating skills. Second, third, and fourth-graders go to computer lab twice weekly to learn keyboarding skills through the Typing Club program and to develop proficiency using multiple Google applications (docs, slides, sheets)
Laptops and tablets may be utilized in centers:
to support literacy and math skill development
to enhance lessons as eBooks
to create multimedia presentations
in conjunction with Project Lead The Way
These technology resources are used to incorporate computer science focused learning, including coding.