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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Great Barrington District Curriculum
The district explains that everyone in the district—staff and students alike—are "all learners" and that curriculum, instruction, assessment, and community are interconnected. Specifically, the curriculum, which is the content that is taught, informs the instruction--HOW it is taught--and vice versa. Assessment gives teachers and administrators data as to whether or not students are learning and, hence, helps them make the necessary adjustments to the curriculum and instruction. The district emphasizes connecting with the community in these areas as well.
Berkshire Hills Regional has several goals in mind when developing its curriculum: cultivating a love of learning in students; encouraging critical thinking and problem solving skills as well as creativity; developing students who are respectful and have empathy for others; teaching students the importance of self-reflection; and ensuring students are the first priority when designing the curriculum. The acceptable evidence—how teachers will know students have learned what was intended, the work they will produce.—is decided upon collaboratively.
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SchoolTutoring Academy’s tutoring programs for Great Barrington students start with a free academic assessment with an Academic Director. Our flagship tutoring programs are available for $199.99/month which include regular one-on-one tutoring, academic mentorship, bi-monthly progress reports, learning profiles, and parental conference calls.
Great Barrington District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs
Berkshire Hills Regional School District serves the towns of Great Barrington, Stockbridge, and West Stockbridge. In all, the district contains almost 2,000 students. The curriculum used is the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks which incorporate Common Core Standards in Math and Language Arts. These frameworks present broad objectives that teachers must instill in students. Teachers must figure how they will teach the material and the learning activities they will implement. The Berkshire Regional curriculum aligns both horizontally across grade levels and vertically from grade to grade.
We currently cover the following Great Barrington-area school district: Berkshire Hills Regional School District.
Keeping Informed: Recent Great Barrington Educational News
- Monument Mountain Teacher Puts Biology into Motion - Five years after biology teacher Dan Gray started teaching at Monument Mountain Regional High in 1985, he became involved in the school's "Curriculum in Motion" program. This program, which combines biology and dance, has been beneficial, as Gray has noticed that many of his students are kinesthetic learners who learn best through "physical and tactile learning experiences."
- Daniel Pearl Scholar an Accomplished Violinist - The 2015 Daniel Pearl Berkshire scholar--a recent graduate of Monument Mountain Regional High--began playing violin at the age of four and, at age eight, began studying the violin under the inaugural scholar. The Pearl scholarship is annually awarded to an area student who intends to pursue one of Pearl's passions--music or journalism. Because Pearl aspired to help change the world, scholarship applicants must write an essay about how they plan to do so.
- Monument Mountain Students Take First in STEM Writing Contest - Monument Mountain Regional High students' research papers earned first place in their age groups in the annual STEM research writing contest, which saw a total of 43 entries from area students. A junior's paper titled "Synthetic Platelets: Refining Nature" took first place in the Grades 11 and 12 Division. "A Post-Antibiotic Era: The Consequences of Antibiotic Resistance"--submitted by a sophomore--won the Grades 9 and 10 Division.
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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: Preparing for College in the Junior Year
It is a good idea for future college students to keep to a timetable during their junior year in high school. This are some general dates to keep in mind to help keep the progress going smoothly. Beginning in August, students should plan on preparing for SAT and ACT exams. This would be a good time to also look over the classes that are being taken to make sure they are sufficiently challenging without being overwhelming. The PSAT should be taken in October as part of the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and a baseline for other tests. This is also a good time to prepare for the SAT and/or ACT so they can be taken early in the second semester. The fall is also a good time to begin looking at which colleges would be good to visit to see which type of campus the student is most comfortable with. Beginning in January, the student needs to consider which classes and activities they would like to take in their senior year and plan on taking any additional SAT or ACT tests.