ELEMENTARY LEARNING COMMUNITY - GRADES 3-4
Students in these grades are supported by their teachers as they accept more responsibility and become more autonomous learners and thinkers. Writing becomes more sophisticated as students learn to apply grammar/conventions and use evidence, to develop their own unique thoughts.
As children move through the elementary grades, their level of autonomy and capacity for abstract thinking increases dramatically. At Saint Mary School teachers account for this growth by constantly monitoring student progress; this data helps teachers balance the need for scaffolding student learning with the goal of developing students who wonder, think and question.Ultimately, the curricular objectives of the elementary grades are for students to become fluent in language arts and mathematics, use these skills to develop a love of learning, and to succeed to the best of their abilities, in school and in life.
Traditionally, the major goal of the primary grades is to achieve basic literacy and numeracy for all children. At Saint Mary we accomplish this goal in many ways: the majority of academic minutes are dedicated to language arts and mathematics in these early grades, teachers use an array of instructional strategies to deliver these concepts, and language arts and math concepts are integrated into other content area learning throughout the day.
ELEMENTARY LEARNING COMMUNITY FACULTY AND STAFF
Learning Communities allow educators who teach the same students or similar content areas to articulate with each other and maximize student learning. The Elementary Learning Community at Saint Mary School consists of teachers in grades 3-4 who work collaboratively to engage students, increase understanding and inspire learning.
"A Professional Learning Community focuses on learning rather than teaching,
works collaboratively and holds itself accountable for results."
- Richard DuFour