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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Holyoke District Curriculum
In most of the K-8 classrooms, both reading and writing workshops are used. Through the workshops, the young students are engaged in the studies of specific authors and genres. The scope and sequence are broken down by month. For math in grades K-8, the scope and sequence are divided by each chapter of the textbook. Students in grades 2-12 receive instruction on bullying prevention.
Holyoke implements the statewide benchmarks that students in grades K-8 need to reach. The district works with America’s School Choice Design, which provides coaching and support in the schools and the district as a whole. It revolves around rigorous standards; the alignment of standards, assessment, and instruction; and a workshop approach to teaching literacy and math. Holyoke School District places special emphasis on reading through its Literacy Campaign through which the entire district participates in Book-of-the-Month (everyone in the district focuses on an issue each month) and 25 Book Campaign (the goal is for students to read one million words a year, equating to 25-30 books).
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Holyoke District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs
Holyoke Public Schools consist of eight schools and about 5,900 students. Along with one high school, there are seven schools with grades K-8. Additionally, there is a preschool and vocational high school. The district’s vision is for all its students to graduate high school prepared for success in college and their careers. Holyoke has not only created and posted curriculum maps for English language arts and math but also for bullying prevention, science, health, and English Language Development (ELD).
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Keeping Informed: Recent Holyoke Educational News
- McMahon Students Receive Special Visit - Student at McMahon School had been studying the trailblazing of Jackie Robinson—watching the movie 42 and writing an essay about Robinson’s experience being the first African American player in Major League Baseball. The 400 students in grades K-8 got a special surprise when they received a visit from Boston Red Sox officials, who brought in the team’s 2013 World Series trophy.
- Holyoke Honors Its “Rising Stars” - This year, Holyoke Public Schools’ Rising Stars Program is honoring 41outstanding students in grades 6-12. Those who receive recognition are well-rounded individuals who are good citizens, do well and work hard in school, and exemplify leadership qualities. Students are formally honored at a reception that they and their families are invited to.
- Holyoke Students Go “Green” - A seventh and eighth grade teacher at the Donahue School started an initiative to help the environment after his students expressed interest in doing more recycling at the school. The students raised $331, which they donated to charity, by collecting cans and bottles and cashing them in at recycling companies. They also worked with students at Dean Technical High School to construct a machine that safely compresses half-pint milk cartons.
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Chalk Talk: Classroom Management Techniques
Classroom management is undoubtedly one of the most challenging parts of teaching, so it is beneficial for teachers to implement research-based classroom management techniques—just as they would for instructional methods. One technique used in the past is distributing red and green cards for student behavior. This particular concept was used in third and fourth grade classrooms, so when students changed classes and went to lunch and recess, they understood how the practice worked and knew that discipline methods would be consistent in all areas of the school. Red cards were given out for poor behavior and included several explanations for the misbehavior that students were required to place a checkmark by. This ensured that they recognized what they did wrong. Those who accumulated two or more red cards in one day lost their recess privileges for that day or the next day. For classroom management techniques to be effective, they must also include positive reinforcement for good behavior.