MTPS Curriculum Corner

Office of Curriculum and Instruction

sticky notes

Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Carole Butler

What does engagement look like in our classrooms? This was the question we asked our staff in August during our first professional development day. We know that students and adults become more engaged in their work when they achieve success, posses a sense of curiosity, can express themselves through a creative process and have the opportunity to be collaborative along the way. How does this translate into learning within our classrooms for our Moorestown students?

This past year, we have been working on framing lessons and units of study so that it allows for more complex thinking balanced with the use of technology to showcase the learning taking place.

Acquisition, Meaning Making, and Transfer are specific actions into how we are preparing lessons to further engage our students. To share an analogy to sports-

  • A coach/ teacher will provide time for the players/ students to receive drills on concepts of the game. This would be the same as acquisition in the classroom.
  • As time continues, the coach/ teacher would create game like learning opportunities like a scrimmage. This would allow the players/students the opportunity to make meaning from the independent drills.
  • Game time- this of course is when the students are working together to pull all of the knowledge they have experienced and showcase that understanding both individually and with peers in a real time setting. The coach/ teacher is on the side line observing the students in action displaying what learning they have acquired.

What does this mean for our classrooms? We are looking for lessons and units of study to have a multidimensional approach that provide opportunities for individual and group learning, allow for students to take more than one path to learning and then be able to culminate and showcase that learning. Some examples will be students working individually or in small groups, reading critically, writing to learn, creating, planning, problem solving, discussing, debating, asking questions, performing/presenting, inquiring, exploring, explaining, evaluating, experimenting, interacting with other students, gesturing and moving.

As the year progresses, be mindful of your child(ren)'s learning experiences as our teachers create a rich learning environment, motivating students to learn and showcase the skills and knowledge they have acquired in a variety of ways.