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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Gardner District Curriculum

There is a district-wide instructional focus on several areas, the first being pedagogy, which is encompassed by common practices such as daily writing and problem-based math instruction, teacher delivery (e.g.: active questioning strategies and co-teaching), and high expectations for all students and interventions (RTI) for those who are falling behind. Another instructional focus is the content, with goals such as aligning the curriculum with the standards both horizontally and vertically, designing benchmark assessments and curriculum maps that are consistent across grades and content areas.

Finally, the district came up with seven focuses for professional development: meeting the needs of all students (e.g.: ELL trainings and the balanced literacy approach), curriculum mapping, collaboration and co-teaching, safety care training, instructional technology, data analysis, and technology integration. The individual schools in the district created their own sets of instructional goals as well.

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Gardner District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs

Gardner Public Schools contain five schools and 2,600 students. In 2011, Gardner Public Schools devised a set of instructional goals for both the district as a whole and the individual schools. One overall district-wide goal is to improve teacher quality so that all educators meet the “highly qualified” criteria and can deliver instruction in a way so that it meets the needs of all students; this includes implementing educational technology to enhance learning. A second goal is to improve state standardized assessment scores for all students, reducing the achievement gap.

We currently cover the following Gardner-area school district: Gardner Public Schools.

Keeping Informed: Recent Gardner Educational News

  • Gardner Receives Almost $2 Million for Auctioned Painting - A painting by Norman Rockwell from the World War II era, which was owned by the Gardner School Department, was auctioned off for nearly $2.3 million. Gardner will receive $1.9 million, which will be used to establish a foundation to benefit the schools. The uncirculated painting was originally owned by a former Gardner High School principal in the 1950s.
  • More about the Painting - The painting discussed in the article above was given to former principal F. Earl Williams by the artist Norman Rockwell as a gift. The painting is titled “Willie Gillis in Convoy” and depicts fictional soldiers in the back of an Army truck. This painting was part of a series and was the only one in the series to not appear on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post; employees at Norman Rockwell Museum were only able to locate the charcoal sketch of this piece.
  • Art Teacher Talks About Working at Gardner - Two Gardner Middle School students interviewed an art teacher about working at the middle school and various other topics. She complimented the teachers for being “top-notch” and both the staff and students for being very friendly. She also gave some advice to the middle school students: Even though middle school is tough, if they work hard and show character, they will do well.

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Chalk Talk: Approaching Oral Reading in the Classroom

Classrooms, especially at the elementary level, often call for a large amount of oral reading on the part of the students. They not only read the stories from their reading basal but also their content area textbooks and various other texts. However, there are different ways for the teacher to approach how oral reading is done in the classroom. Traditional reading classes called for students to take turns reading their weekly story aloud to the whole class. In the past, the “popcorn” approach was popular. The teacher would call on a student to begin reading, and when he/she wanted to stop reading, he/she would “popcorn” a classmate of his/her choice who hadn’t read yet, and that student would have to pick up where the previous reader left off, and so on. It is more common now to have students do small group readings and allow students to occasionally model certain reading techniques such as fluency or expression.


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