PHOENIX, NY – In an ongoing effort to bring innovative thinking and state-of-the-art technology into classrooms, teachers at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School recently welcomed representatives from the Core Knowledge Language Arts Program.
The program was designed to help educators and students succeed based on the theory that knowledge builds on knowledge. Its digital and print products have been incorporated into the curriculum for Phoenix students in kindergarten through second grades and focuses on English language arts.
Since being implemented last year, teachers have already seen their students’ literacy skills improve and progress. They were able to share their thoughts during the recent meeting with the Core Knowledge team members.
“The domains (lessons) start off with really good practices and help lay a foundation for students,” said teacher Patty Lazarz. “But some of the vocabulary is so intense. Students need a visual. They can’t relate to some of the vocabulary words.”
In addition to providing feedback, teachers also worked with several project managers, software developers and designers to discuss future developments.
According to Dai Lin, product owner for eReader Program, developers are constantly seeking ways to enhance the learning experience through differentiation and assessments.
However, the program representatives stressed that no matter how innovative certain strategies may be, a key factor in a student’s success is the educator.
“There’s nothing that can ever replace a really good teacher,” said Jim Liu, product owner for K-2 Adaptive Curriculum. “We don’t deliver the content in the classroom, but we give you the resources to develop engaged learners.”
The teachers echoed Liu’s sentiments and noted they are always seeking professional development and training opportunities to broaden their knowledge and bring new ideas into the classroom.
And, if early results are any indication, then MAM truly has “really good teachers,” Principal Mary Stanton said.
The program representatives also conducted classroom observations and engaged in small group activities targeted at specific grade levels.
The group shared their thoughts over a lunch sponsored by the Parent Faculty Organization and provided by Mama T’s in Phoenix.