Don’t you just love getting something new? When school starts, students frequently get new backpacks, shoes, clothes, and new teachers. Well this year our teachers have something new too. In addition to new students, many of them have some amazing new instructional resources. These new resources and professional development support four subject areas:
Science Grades 6 - 8
The new science resources are breaking the mold of traditional instructional resource. These digital lessons move us away from the traditional teaching method of moving from topic to topic, like a textbook does. Students now are driven by answering questions and engaging with phenomena. Throughout the Storyline, each episode adds to the student’s progress of deeper understanding. Coherency comes from the perspective of an inquiring student, engaged in a relevant learning experience. If you would like to see more on these great resources, please visit:
Mathematics Grades K - 6
Weber School District has adopted EngageNY as the primary mathematics resource. EngageNY (also called Eureka Math) is an open educational resource that aligns extremely well with the Utah Core State Standards for Mathematics. In conjunction with this adoption, all teachers had the opportunity to attend professional learning during the summer. Teachers may continue their learning by tuning into #MathBUZZ live on Twitter each Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:00. Follow @JBTMath to participate in or watch these great sessions! If you would like more information on this great K - 6 mathematics instructional resource, please visit:
- https://sites.google.com/view/elementarymath or
- http://wsd.net/departments/education/curriculum (click on Elementary Mathematics).
English Language Arts 7 - 12
Collections published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is the newly adopted primary resource adopted by Weber School District for secondary English Language Arts. Collections provides a multi-faceted digital and print approach. It provides a balance of complex text with collections of fiction, nonfiction and informational text. The program takes learning to a deeper level through enhanced collaboration with interactive digital tools including Google. You can find additional information at:
- http://www.hmhco.com/shop/education-curriculum/literature-and-language-arts/literature/collections#program-overview .
English Learners (ELs) 7 - 12
iLitELL is the newly adopted program for our secondary EL students. iLitEll is a flexible solution that blends print and digital learning experiences to meet English learners where they are and build their language and literacy skills. This program supports EL students by developing language skills through reading writing, speaking and listening. For more information about the iLitELL program please visit:
We appreciate the work of the various adoption committees that went through the process to find great instructional resources that assist teachers in engaging, challenging and supporting all students as they work to reach their full potential.
Jane Ann Kammeyer