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Curriculum

Common Core State Standards

New Mexico has always prioritized rigorous learning goals for our students.  New Mexico adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010 with the goal of better preparing students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college and careers. The Common Core State Standards give us several advantages over the current New Mexico state standards. Specifically they will:

  • Make our students globally competitive, by teaching educational standards that are used throughout the world
  • Give our students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college or careers
  • Give all students access to the same rigorous standards, regardless of where they live, or what their family background is
  • Clarify standards so that parents, teachers and students understand what is expected of them
  • Increase collaboration across districts and with other states to share resources and expertise in teaching the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) benefit your child because they will be better prepared for their futures when they graduate high school. These new standards will benefit community and family because they are a consistent set of expectations for students, no matter what their zip code is.  When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted, as they are forced to repeat material or learn at a different level.  With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced.

Currently, Common Core State Standards exist only for English Language Arts and Mathematics. Common Core standards will be developed in the future for other core subjects such as science and social studies.

Source http://newmexicocommoncore.org/parents/

ORIGO Stepping Stones | Core Mathematics

ORIGO Stepping Stones has been written and developed by a team of experts to provide teachers with access to a world-class elementary math program. Our expert team of authors and consultants are utilizing all available educational research to create a unique program that has never before been available to teachers.

Treasures

Treasures is a research based, comprehensive Reading Language Arts program for grades K-6 that gives educators the resources they need to help all students succeed. High quality literature coupled with explicit instruction and ample practice ensures that students grow as life-long readers and writers. source http://www.macmillanmh.com/reading/

FUNdations

Fundations provides children of varying learning abilities with a foundation for reading and spelling. It provides teachers with the skills and tools needed to present a structured, sequential, and cumulative phonics/spelling program using multisensory teaching techniques.

Fundations thoroughly teaches the Foundational Skills of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and significantly supports other CCSS standards in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language.

As a recognized leader in multisensory language programs, Wilson brings more than a decade of systematic and explicit instruction to the K-3 classroom. Wilson Fundations provides research-based materials and strategies essential to a comprehensive reading and writing program.

Math-U-See (Tier III)

Math-U-See is a student-paced, mastery-based curriculum that is suitable for students with a wide range of abilities, from gifted to those with special needs. Teachers are provided the tools and training needed to present an explicit, structured, systematic, and cumulative program using multi-sensory teaching techniques. Because this curriculum does not correspond to traditional grade levels but rather to math ability, levels can be used with students of any age.

Since 2004, Math-U-See has been working with intervention and special education teachers to reach students with special needs who are struggling in math. These students have shown tremendous improvements and are closing the achievement gap. Math-U-See’s unique approach targets each individual student and focuses on their needs.

S.P.I.R.E. (Tier III)

S.P.I.R.E.® is a comprehensive and multisensory reading intervention program. It is designed to prevent reading failure and to build reading success through an intensive, structured, and spiraling curriculum. It integrates phonological awareness, phonics, handwriting, fluency, vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension in a 10-Step lesson plan that is specifically designed for the way struggling readers learn. Source http://eps.schoolspecialty.com/products/details.cfm?seriesonly=3250AM

Music

As the new school year begins, please know that your children will be attending music classes this year.  As some of you may know, Albuquerque Public Schools alternates between Art and Music at the elementary school level each year.  In music this year, your students will be learning songs, dances, and chants from around the world.  They will be learning how to play different instruments as the year progresses as well.

My teaching philosophy is about learning while having fun!  If a student enjoys doing something then they will be much more likely to practice it at home or take it with them for the rest of their lives.  Music class is not just about teaching the students music but also about helping them become responsible young adults.

At the end of most of our classes we will review what we learned about that day.  This is to help the students remember and retain what we learned.  It is also to help them answer that frequently asked question by you, the parents, “What did you do in school today?”  I know that when I was their age the responses that I gave my parents were always, “nothing” or “I don’t know.”  I tell the students that now they should be able to give you a fairly detailed account of what went on during music class.  So now I encourage you to ask them, “What did you do in school today?”  Hopefully this will be a stepping point to help them remember everything they did that day, not just what they did in music.

If you ever have any questions or concerns feel free to call the school or email me at joseph.gershin@aps.edu.  I check my email everyday and would be happy to get back to you on anything that is happening.