Linus: "Our teacher has an interesting theory. She says teaching is like bowling. All you can do is roll the ball down the middle and hope you touch most of the students."
Charlie Brown: "She must be a terrible bowler."
PGSD aligns its instruction to the standards with classroom strategies that are best suited to help our students achieve their expected scholastic performance. These strategies nurture critical thinking, active engagement, and genuine learning which provides the proper level of academic challenges.
Not all students are alike. Based on this knowledge, differentiated instruction applies an approach to teaching and learning that gives students multiple options for taking in information and making sense of ideas. The model of differentiated instruction requires teachers to be flexible in their approach to teaching and adjust the curriculum and presentation of information to learners rather than expecting students to modify themselves for the curriculum. Differentiated instruction is a method of helping more students in diverse classroom settings experience success. To view a video describing one of the many classroom D.I. strategies click here.
Reading Apprenticeship is a program that strives to help young people develop the knowledge and strategies to become stronger readers. By implementing RA strategies within content lessons, teachers are able to strengthen reading skills while also teaching their assigned curriculum. The RA philosophy emphasizes the idea that teachers must demystify the reading process through teaching students about the thinking process. At the heart of the program is the belief in the partnership of learning. Teachers as expert readers work with students as apprentices to scaffold them with the skills that will eventually lead to success when reading independently. Click here for an RA strategy example.