The Language Arts program at Highlands School fosters life-long learners who are curious and engage with the community and world around them. In order to do this, students must be able to effectively communicate their ideas, both orally and in writing, and to read and interpret ideas of others.
Based on research and best practices, our teachers provide instruction in Language Arts through the reading and writing workshop model. A mini-lesson is taught through whole-group instruction, often using a mentor text that, in writing workshop, exemplifies the writer’s technique, craft or structure, and in reading workshop, is used to model a comprehension strategy or focus. Teachers model for students, teachers and students practice together, then students have time to practice that writing technique or reading strategy independently. Teachers also work with small groups and confer with students individually, enabling the teachers to differentiate, provide individual feedback, and meet each student’s individual learning needs. Grammar is a fundamental part of the workshop and is taught through the lens of writing.
Students are engaged in questioning and discovery in both reading and writing. Practice helps children to become proficient and effective readers and writers; therefore, both reading and writing workshop take place daily. In all classrooms, technology is integrated into classroom learning.