At Harriet Tubman, we utilize a team approach to ensure that all students experience high-quality instruction. These whole-school implementations lead students to achieve at high levels and allow those who are behind or need intervention to catch up. To further support these academic structures, all teaching staff utilize the similar classroom instructional methods, which are based on best practices for classroom teaching.
Whole-School Instructional Methods
- Standards-Based, Aligned Curriculum
- Focus on Planning
- Data-Driven Instruction
- Explicitly Teach Habits of Mind
- Tiered-Based Grouping and Instructional Organization
- Multi-Layered System of Intervention
Classroom Instructional Methods
- Instructional Consistency
- Lesson Cycle
- Spiraling Every Day
- Daily Use of Data
- Purposeful Homework
Standards-Based, Aligned Curriculum
Common Core State Standards guide the curriculum and help teachers determine what to teach so that students master the expectations for each grade level. It is extremely important that teachers in a K-8 school are aligning their teaching to Common Core standards, so that teachers know what material students have learned and mastered in previous grades, know what material they are responsible for getting students to master in the current grade, and know what new academic content students will face in upcoming grades. Without a united focus on standards, schools cannot provide a comprehensive K-8 approach to education.
In order to meet the needs of our students while reaching the levels of rigor in the Common Core standards we design our own curriculum scope and sequence based on best practices from multiple sources.
Programs utilized are:
- Guided reading for all students in small groups
- Math in Focus and Everyday Math
- Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop
- Sangari and IQWST Science
- History Alive!
Harriet Tubman teachers are committed to the constant pursuit of information about student learning and use assessments to inform their planning and teaching. All students are assessed for their reading level using Fountas and Pinnell or STEP assessments. All students take the Terra-Nova, a norm-referenced test that will allow us to track students’ progress over time and in comparison to same-grade peers across the country. Data from these assessments guides our placement of students in intervention groups and allows us to tailor each child’s education program to their specific needs. In addition, quarterly assessments track student mastery of the standards taught, ensuring that students are on track to meet their yearly goals.