While Crist is working closely with a handful of kids, other groups around the room work through individualized online curriculum targeted to their reading level. Volunteer Mike Fox sits nearby, ready to help out where needed.
“All of our kids know exactly where they are,” said Crist. Indeed, students happily point out their progress by viewing the data on their computers, proud of their progress and clearly motivated to jump to the next level.
Across the hall, teacher Adam Fraley sits at a table with several third grade students, all of whom are interactively engaged with Fraley as they work on a task.
Nearby, a group of students works on reading packets which also incorporate science. Each packet is leveled appropriately for each child at the table. At other tables, pairs of students sit quietly with laptops working online at language arts, again targeted to their level.
“We’re reading all the time,” said Fraley. “We’re constantly talking about reading strategies to comprehend and really know what they’re reading.” He makes reference to the daily five which includes reading to self, reading out loud, partner reading, writing, and working with words.
“We’ve used a lot of resources from the Department of Education website,” said Fraley. “Another thing we do really well is that once we’ve taught something, we’re not done with it.”
“We have a talented and caring staff working as a true team,” said Graves. “It’s a professional team that collaborates daily.” The team even developed their own IREAD and ISTEP practices.
Graves said the goal this year is to raise IREAD scores another 5 percent as they work towards the state target of 90 percent.
“Our students really work hard,” said Graves. “We expect them to master those standards. We don’t socially promote.” She also noted, “Failure’s not an option.” After school tutoring is also available for students who don’t pass the IREAD the first time.
APA’s website is www.goapa.org or call 649-8472 for more information. APA’s elementary campus is located at 2200 W. 22nd St. in Anderson. APA still has a few spots for the 2013-2014 school year.
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