Category: Instruction

Spotlight on Art: 5th Grade Story Quilts

Classical’s Art Curriculum Our primary focus in art has been to saturate our curriculum with as many artists that represent our student body as possible. We believe representation is extremely important, and we want all scholars to feel represented and seen in the art classroom. We also value the exposure

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DEI: Increasing Representation in Curriculum and Classroom Libraries

Curricular Initiatives Classical sparked an initiative to improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our reading curriculum and the work we have done here is paying off. These changes launched back in 2020 and, since then, our curriculum team has been working to increase representation in the texts scholars read. The

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Maximizing Impact through Report Cards

Report cards serve the purpose of formally communicating a child’s behavioral and academic standing to their parents. There is a lot of information that gets communicated through student report cards, so it is important that families know how to navigate these reports and use the feedback they are receiving to

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A New Frontier: Computer-Based Testing

The New York State Education Department is shifting gears to computer-based testing. This year, NYC’s fifth and eighth graders will be required to take their state tests – English, math, and science – on computers. In the 2024-25 school year, all fourth and sixth graders will make the transition to

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Making Strategies Stick For Young Readers

There is something incredibly rewarding about teaching children to read and witnessing first-hand that “a-ha!” moment where a strategy you’ve been teaching finally clicks. Not only does the child get it, but they start to implement it independently instead of pausing to look toward you for the answer or support.

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How to Accelerate Growth for Struggling Readers

Infant brains are hard-wired for language.  We are born universal listeners with the incredible ability to discriminate between hundreds of sounds found in languages across the globe, and within a critical window, simple exposure to a language is enough to learn it. The same is not true for learning to

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Small Group Instruction That Works

When it is June and the weather is warm and the days are long, how will we determine whether 2019-2020 was a successful year in our classrooms? There are so many ways in which we can measure a successful school year including, academic mastery, year-over-year growth, socioemotional learning, memorable projects,

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