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Teaching and Learning

Cooperative Learning Groups

Balanced Literacy - reflects a gradual releasof control, whereby responsibility is gradually shifted from the teacher to the students.                       
    Read Aloud
Shared Reading Shared Writing
Guided Reading Guided Writing
Independent Reading Independent Writing
 Word Study
                       Data Driven Instruction/Differentation

Teachers tailor instruction to meet individual needs through the use of ongoing assessment and flexible grouping.         


                   Encourage Risk-Taking and Leadership
       See the F&P Text Level Ladder of Progress to view
       grade-level guided reading expectations

The Daily Five

Read to Self Read to Someone Listen to Reading Work on Writing Word Work


Response to Intervention (RtI) is the practice of providing high-quality instruction and intervention matched to student needs. Progress is closely monitored, and changes in instruction are based on data collected from on-going assessment. RtI represents an educational strategy to close achievement gaps for all students by preventing smaller learning problems from becoming insurmountable gaps.  RtI consists of three tiers of instruction:
  • Tier 1 - Core curriculum (all students)
  • Tier 2 - 3-5 students, 3-5 days per week
  • Tier 3 - 1-3 students, 4-5 days per week



The Responsive Classroom 

Responsive Classroom is an approach that raises the quality of teachers' instruction. Teachers incorporate practices designed to make the classroom more stimulating, challenging, safer, and happier.  The goal of responsive classroom is optimal student learning.  The Responsive Classroom components are:
  • Morning Meeting
  • Rule Creation
  • Interactive Modeling
  • Positive Teacher Language
  • Logical Consequences
  • Guided Discovery
  • Academic Choice
  • Working With Families
  • Collaborative Problem-Solving



Benchmark Assessments

AIMSweb:  Week of May 25

Fountas & Pinnell:

     Kindergarten:  June 5
     Grade 1 - June 9
     Grade 2 - June 8
     Grade 3 - May 21
     Grade 4 - May 20
     Grade 5 - May 18
     Grade 6 - May 19


Leveled Book List Website


RtI Intervention Descriptions



Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045

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