At NMPS, all teachers use a research-based lesson structure for Reading and Writing. This structure drives our Reading and Writing Workshops, and are comprised of a Learning Goal, Success Criteria, Mini-Lesson, Independent Learning Experience, Targeted Teaching Groups and a Share/Reflect that is based on the Learning Goal.
We value a balanced Literacy approach to teaching and learning, where students are exposed to and explicitly taught reading strategies to decode texts. In addition, we strive to ensure our students read for meaning and therefore have a hefty emphasis on developing knowledge around, and employing the comprehension strategies when reading.
Together with the teacher, each student creates a Reading and Writing goal, which they work towards during the independent learning time. Students’ build a greater level of independence and autonomy for their learning. Goals are monitored by both the student and teacher, and new goals are set regularly to ensure they remain relevant. Through the Reading and Writing Workshop, students have endless opportunities to choose ‘Just Right’ books, to support their goals and reading abilities. Similarly, as the year progresses, teachers scaffold students’ abilities in choosing text types they would like to write.
Speaking and Listening is incorporated into our Teaching and Learning programs, to honour their authenticity. Students are provided with various opportunities to share and present their work from various key-learning areas and are expected to demonstrate active and respectful listening to their peers and teachers, alike.