Teaching staff at Hawthorne use the Columbia Teacher’s College Readers and Writers Workshops. We have been excited witnessing the transformative effect the workshop approach has had on literacy at Hawthorne. Students have shown greater excitement toward reading books at their “just right” levels and publishing their writing. We have seen students develop a strong commitment to improving their overall literacy skills.
Students participate in a variety of instruction and activities aimed at creating a strong foundation of literacy skills. From Words Their Way (which helps students build word identification and vocabulary skills) to interactive read-alouds, shared reading sessions, guided reading groups, and genre studies in writing, all Hawthorne students are active participants in a balanced literacy framework which is preparing them for reading or writing they will face throughout their academic careers.
Math workshop starts with a mini-lesson taught to everyone, followed by rotations. The teacher works with a small group while others are either playing a math game related to the unit of study or working in their math journals / workbooks. After a period of 15 – 20 minutes, the groups rotate. The groups are frequently changing because a student may be strong in one particular skill but need more help in another. An exit slip at the end of math workshop gives daily assessment data to the teacher. This allows the teacher to adjust future lessons so that those who have mastered a math concept/skill can be further challenged and those not yet mastering can be given more support.
Our mission is to help all students investigate scientifically in order to construct and acquire a conceptual understanding of their world, develop positive scientific attitudes, and become scientifically literate. This is accomplished through a collaborative, interactive, rigorous science program responsive to the needs of diverse learners.
We use the National Science Foundation Inquiry-based curriculum which is based on state and national science standards. These materials are field-tested and researched in classrooms by small teams of expert teachers, university science educators and scientists.
Enrichment and Innovative Programming
- Arts Program - weekly instruction
- Kindergarten Visual Arts Program - integrated with science curriculum
- State of the art technology lab with 26 computers and updated software - weekly instruction
- Students have access to updated laptops
- Student computers in every classroom
- SPECTRUM-inclusion classrooms
- "Second Step: A Violence Prevention and Anti-bullying Curriculum" is used school-wide
- English Language Learners (ELL) classrooms
- Special Education Resource Classroom
- Readers and Writers Workshop
- National Urban Alliance (NUA) Literacy Strategies
- National Science Foundation Inquiry-based curriculum
- Explorations in Math, Kidbiz, Study Island
- Physical Education Program (includes roller-skating, team-building games and more) - weekly instruction
Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP)
The students take a Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test in the Fall, Winter and Spring. This assessment is not just to take a test. By reviewing results, teachers are able to make appropriate groupings, adjust their instruction to better meet their students’ needs, and chart growth patterns. Through this work, teachers learn where to put their efforts and where students are strongest.
Professional Learning Communities
PLCs – Professional Learning Community work. Each Thursday the teachers meet together by grade level with the professional development coach to discuss issues in math and literacy. We share ideas, talk about challenges and strategies we could use, and plan for next steps.