St. Augustine teachers have kept busy. They are lifelong learners who are always open to new techniques. They are dedicated to making sure that children learn in the style that is best suited to their unique, individual needs.
Recently, all teachers attended a workshop given in our school by the Carnegie Learning Institute. They explored math in a hands on fashion.
Two teachers attended a STEM Summer Institute at Stevens Institute of Technology where they continued to hone their skills. They learned creative ways to incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into our science curriculum.
Once such creative activity was “Cookie Mining.” This project incorporated math and engineering skills as the students dug for gems in their cookies. All supplies had to be bought with “money” and the students had to determine profit/loss upon the completion of this activity.
At our first Saint Augustine parent-teacher meeting we discussed all of our good news with our wonderful parents. Besides the STEM program with Stevens Institute of Technology, we are also in a pilot STEM program with the Newark Archdiocese.
We also shared the good news that two of our teachers attended the a program on the Orton-Gillingham method. The Orton-Gillingham method was originally designed for use with individuals with dyslexia primarily in tutorial settings. The Orton-Gillingham philosophy can be used effectively not only by general education teachers in a large group setting, but by specialists teaching students with disabilities, English language learners. We have found that all learners benefit from this program.