#LovelandLearning at LES
In this special series, we talked academics with each building principal to really understand what #LovelandLearning is all about.
Loveland City School District (LCSD): At LES, what is your team doing really well to promote academic achievement for students?
Jennifer Forren (JF): We have robust academic programs at Loveland Elementary School that really do an excellent job in allowing our teachers to meet students where they are, and helping them grow. Specifically, in math, we use a program called Investigations. The Investigations curriculum is designed to:
• Support students to make sense of mathematics and learn that they can be mathematical thinkers
• Focus on computational fluency with whole numbers as a major goal of the elementary grades
• Provide substantive work in important areas of mathematics—rational numbers, geometry, measurement, data, and early algebra—and connections among them
• Emphasize reasoning about mathematical ideas
• Communicate mathematics content and pedagogy to teachers
• Engage the range of learners in understanding mathematics
In English/language arts, we use a variety of resources to support our learners. Our Houghton Mifflin Series, Literacy by Design, is a part of our balanced literacy approach. It has been combined with small, leveled, guided reading groups in order to best meet the needs of our learners. As we have acquired more technology, teachers have been able to infuse their reading and writing instruction with innovative technology practices.
LCSD: What do you hope to work on?
JF: We are currently working on evolving our instruction to include technology in a purposeful, meaningful, supportive way. The use of technology is very engaging for our students, and we want to capitalize on that! Right now, we are really working to master some of the basics so that our students have even greater learning opportunities through technology. One of the most basic skills needed is the ability to type. With the support of our librarian, Mrs. Kniskern, our students are learning to type during part of their weekly library time through a program called Easy Tech. Mrs. Kniskern has created an incentive program – Club 20 – that gives our students a goal to type 20 words per minute (wpm). When they reach the 20 wpm, their names are announced on the morning announcements, they get a prize and their names are posted on the Club 20 bulletin board. We are anticipating that next year we will need to raise that goal for our fourth graders! This is a skill that will benefit our students for the rest of their lives, and we are so proud of their efforts!
LCSD: What academic accomplishment are you most proud of at LES?
JF: I'm very proud of the strong commitment that our teachers have towards continuously improving their instruction. They are always willing to learn, to grow, to challenge themselves in order to better serve our students.
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