PRINCIPAL'S WELCOME BACK MESSAGE
Our theme for the 2023-2024 school year is “Diving Deep Into 3D Learning”. This year, as we continue to thrive and boast of our strong comeback after a major pandemic, we will have a 3D focus on education with an even greater emphasis on Literacy, Math, STEM, and Project-Based Learning. This 3-dimensional theme will be centered around the following: 1) Diverse Learners, 2) Differentiated Instruction, and 3) Deep Discovery. Through this 3-dimensional approach, we will take a deep dive into deep teaching and learning that will challenge the cliché that “Great Minds Think Alike”! Instead, this new 3D concept will promote a new way of thinking, “Great Minds Think Differently”!
What Are the 3D Concepts?
Diverse Learners: Students in our classrooms are more diverse across many categories, including linguistics, culture, geography and socioeconomics. They may have a disability or learning difference, are English learners, are gifted or talented, or some combination of the above, and research shows they need differentiated approaches to learning. We must build awareness, provide support, and establish a coherent framework to better serve our diverse learners.
Differentiation: Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, every student has an individual learning style. Not all of our students grasp a subject in the same way or share the same level of ability. Differentiated instruction is a process of teaching and learning for students of differing abilities within the same class. One size does not fit all! Therefore, research on the effectiveness of differentiation shows this method of teaching benefits a wide range of students, from those with learning disabilities to those who are considered high ability.
Deep Discovery: Deep teaching and learning is quality learning that sticks with you for the rest of your life. It is our belief that all students should receive a comprehensive education that includes a focus, not only on the important academic content areas of reading, writing, oral language, mathematics, science and social studies, but a curriculum that allows students to make real connections to the world around them, thus providing more authentic learning experiences. We will continue to motivate and engage students in 21st century learning skills that will promote a life-long curiosity about the world we live in. We know that helping students learn how to synthesize information, problem-solve, think critically and organize their materials are essential, lifelong skills. We look forward to sharing these learning experiences with you and there will be many opportunities throughout the year to celebrate your child’s progress.
Mrs. Tracey Crenshaw