Secondary English (6-12)
- Classrooms foster student agency by allowing choice and encouraging student efficacy.
- True literacy is accomplished when reading and writing are taught as reciprocal processes that are integrally linked to one another.
- Discourse and collaboration are essential to student learning.
- Receiving timely and personalized feedback is one of the biggest factors of student success.
- Reading and writing in the classroom should be purposeful and authentic in order to transfer skills to real world applications.
English Language Arts Classrooms
- provide intentional instruction that is clear and purposeful to the learner
- define assessment as any feedback from the student - it goes beyond a test or quiz, including observation, discussion, quick writes, exit slips, portfolios, etc.
- use assessments to create the learners' pathway within the recursive reading and writing process
- integrate technology in a meaningful way that promotes better understanding of the content
- teach grammar and word study in context of what students are reading and writing
- provide feedback during the learning so there is time to reflect, adjust, and act
- recognize that students' questions matter more than the teachers'
- value and promote collaboration, discourse, and inquiry
- encourage and facilitate student voice and choice in learning
- allow opportunities for students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their own performance