This year, we are part of a small group of DCPS schools piloting Eureka Math, a published curriculum that combines previous math programs and aligns the best practices with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Our curriculum integrates Singapore Math, a teaching model that emphasizes concrete and visual strategies to further mathematical understanding, with EngageNY Units of Study. Some of the techniques include use of manipulative objects, like blocks, cards, and bar charts, that strengthen foundational understanding to through mastery of core math concepts. Bruce-Monroe at Park View is the first DC Public School to integrate Singapore Math into its curriculum, although the teaching model has been adopted by private institutions such as Sidwell Friends, and is gaining popularity in schools across the United States.
We find that the visual strategies emphasized in Singapore Math, as well as the rigor of EngageNY, are of great benefit to our bilingual students who are dominant in one language but need to successfully complete mathematical problems in both languages. Our math curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. We continue to actively develop and improve our math programming in response to student needs and faculty input.
Our math program and student success stories are described in this Teaching Tip: Bruce-Monroe Elementary at Park View’s Success Story with Singapore Math.
Looking for more resources to help your children learn math? Check out our families’ resources page and be sure to attend Family Math Night.
BMPV implements Reader’s Workshop, a program that emphasizes the interaction between readers and text. Reading in both Spanish and English, students learn to make connections with prior knowledge and previously read texts, asking questions of the texts they read and their fellow classmates’ responses. The curriculum focuses on building a community of curious and passionate readers by allowing autonomy and flexibility from teachers and students.
As part of Reader’s Workshop, the teacher models a certain reading strategy. Using interpersonal skills, students turn and talk to each other throughout the lesson, making comments or predictions based on the strategy. Afterwards, students are sent with their individualized book baggies that include books on their personal reading level. Each student then reads from the appropriate leveled text and practices the reading strategy by sticky noting their thoughts as they read.
The program facilitates students’ independence and allows them to become successful readers both inside and outside of the classroom. The program relies on peer and teacher conferences and employs differentiated comprehension strategies and targeted leveled readers to provide individualized instruction tailored to each student’s educational needs. We measure our student’s progress through periodic reading assessments, and have noted significant gains from the use of leveled libraries in Reader’s Workshop.
The Writers Workshop is a writing curriculum developed collaboratively by BMPV faculty in conjunction with Reader’s Workshop. The Writer’s Workshop curriculum incorporates resources developed by Lucy Calkins, founder of the Reading and Writing Project, a program that utilizes state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching. The curriculum includes performance assessments that guide instruction during the literacy block, recognizing that students making more progress in reading and writing when they are paired with appropriate texts and working on skills that are appropriate for their assessed and observed level.
To learn more about the Lucy Calkins books and Reading and Writing Project.