Whitman Elementary teachers are a highly-qualified, well-trained group of educators who believe in collaborative interaction. They follow the district’s standards-based curriculum guide closely and have a comprehensive understanding of academic expectations. Every teacher works with instructional support materials aligned to targets.
Collaborative Time for Planning
Whitman teachers (including all staff involved in the math workshop) meet every week to conduct team planning. This is an important timeslot in every teacher’s schedule during which they work through lessons and align standards for assessments. Plans are designed to meet small group instructional goals designed to meet the diverse needs of young learners. Teachers make more collaborative time available to focus on Individual Education Plans.
Workshop Model for Layered Interventions
The workshop model allows for layered intervention. Following the core curriculum lesson, students break out into flexible small group support teams. During this time, each group receives differentiated instruction designed to help students meet the performance expectation addressed in the lesson.
Homeroom Instruction in Mathematics
- Homeroom (30 minutes each day)
- Foundational math skill instruction
- Targeted review — nine grid — which reviews the previous units of study and current unit of study. Given once a week to inform instruction and provide accountability.
All grade levels work in small groups
Core curriculum is time-bound and aligned to state standards
Targeted content instruction
Cathy Fosnot Mini-lessons©
Cathy Fosnot Investigations©
Investigations in Mathematics©
Teacher-created 9 grids
Washington State released items
Technology integration support
- Smart Notebook©
- AverVision© document camera
- Turning Point Response Systems©
Example — Grade 4 Curriculum Guide (Word)
Flexible grade level workshop sessions
- 60 minutes every day
- Teachers share students across grade levels
Small group practice for all students
- Teachers use district-approved instructional materials that support state learning goals
Homeroom 30 minutes every day
- Targeted content instruction
- Targeted review (nine grid)