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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Agawam District Curriculum
Agawam’s vision is to provide academic standards and assessments that exceed state and federal achievement measures, ensure that instruction and improvement plans are based on current research and best practices in education, form partnerships with businesses and the community, and incorporate programs that serve the needs of the whole child. Agawam’s standards-based curriculum is constantly evolving as up-to-date research is factored in.
Currently, the district uses the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. In math, the district also uses the Interactive Math Frameworks, which emphasize problem solving, communication of mathematical ideas, reasoning and proof, making connections between different areas of math and the real world, and using various representations for solving math problems, and the Supplement to the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks, which provide more detailed standards with regards to expectations for students.
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Agawam District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs
Agawam Public Schools consist of seven schools and 4,273 students. There are five schools with grades K-4, a junior high school with grades 5-8, and a high school. The district’s mission is to provide students with a nurturing learning environment that allows them to reach their full potential in a 21st century advanced global society. Agawam Public Schools’ Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction emphasized that a school district is only as strong as its curriculum.
We currently cover the following Agawam-area school district: Agawam Public Schools.
Keeping Informed: Recent Agawam Educational News
- Agawam Students, Community Reinvigorated by Football Season - This past season, Agawam High School’s football team made the playoffs for the first time in school history, and the excitement for the team was palpable. Attendance at the games dramatically increased and included more students and even people in the community with no personal ties to the team. Dean Vecchiarelli—a science teacher at the high school, former head and assistant coach of the team, and father of its starting quarterback—sensed a buzz amongst the study body in the hallways.
- Pilot Program Molds Young Writers - About 300 eighth grade students at Agawam Junior High participate in the pilot Future Authors Program, which challenges them to write a 24-page book that they have the opportunity to self-publish in print and digital formats. Members meet in the school library three days a week to write, peer-review each other’s writing, or receive a lesson on a relevant topic. Students enjoy the program because it allows them to engage in creative writing in school (whereas they are usually writing on an assigned topic) and gives those who are involved in many after-school activities time to write that they otherwise would not have.
- Agawam Junior High Hosts Robotics Competition - Agawam Junior High recently hosted the sixth annual qualifying tournament for the FIRST LEGO League (FLL), which is a robotics competition for children ages nine to 12. FIRST Lego League is the largest program in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), accessing roughly 200,000 students in 65 countries.
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SchoolTutoring has played an important role in improving our son’s confidence and attitude towards school. His grades have also improved steadily throughout the school year.
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Chalk Talk: Educational Jargon: Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation
For students to truly learn and store the information in their long-term memory, they must be motivated to learn in the first place. However, not every type of motivation can create this deep engraining of the content. Extrinsic motivation is likely more common than the intrinsic variety, and we would like it to be reversed. Students who are extrinsically motivated want to do well because of outside factors. For young elementary students, this often means tangible rewards such as candy, stickers, pizza parties, etc. Older students are often extrinsically motivated to do well so that they receive good grades, and this is frequently to please other people—especially their parents. Good grades are obviously important, but if a student crams for a test to get an A on it and does get the grade he/she was looking for, will he/she really remember that information or simply flush it from his/her memory? The student likely made no connections to other content areas or concepts or saw any relation to the real world. Students who are intrinsically motivated are motivated to learn from something that is within them. They are able to internalize the learning, make meaning of it, and connect it to their lives.