Stamford American Elementary School Curriculum Guide - page 34

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Library
The Library Program aims to foster a love of literature in its various forms and to develop
confident and competent library users, independent researchers and recreational readers.
The Learning Resource and Media Center (LRMC) has an extensive collection of high
quality children’s literature, both fiction and non-fiction, which caters for a wide range of
students. Students have at least one Library session per week, to complement the work
undertaken in the classroom. In addition, children have individual access to the LRMC
throughout the week.
The library literature curriculum includes:
• Introducing children to a wide range of genres through authors and illustrators
appropriate to the students’ abilities and interests
• Encouraging children to become independent readers and to interpret, discuss and
respond to literature in various ways
• Fostering a love of literature in a stimulating environment where children are happy to
be adventurous readers
The library information curriculum includes:
• Sequential teaching of research skills, encouraging students to become efficient,
independent researchers and library users who are confident in using the most
appropriate tools to access specific information
• Encouraging the children to interpret and record a variety of information competently
to demonstrate their own understanding
Assessment
Assessment is integral to all teaching and learning. It is central to our goal of thoughtfully
and effectively guiding students through the five essential elements of learning:
• Understanding of concepts
• Acquisition of knowledge
• Mastering of skills
• Development of attitudes
• Decision to take action
Both students and teachers are actively engaged in assessing the student’s progress as
part of the development of their wider critical thinking and self-evaluation skills. The
purpose of assessment is to promote student learning, to provide information about
student learning and to contribute to the evaluation of the effectiveness of the program.
Effective assessments:
• Identify what is worth knowing and assess it
• Have criteria that are known and understood in advance
• Allow students to demonstrate the range of their conceptual understandings, their
knowledge and their skills
• Are made of tasks that require the synthesis and application of their learning
• Focus on big ideas and transdisciplinary skills rather than facts
• Focus on producing a quality product or performance
• Highlight a student’s strength and expertise
• Take into account different ways of learning and knowing and are sensitive to personal
circumstances
• Use scoring that focuses on the essence of the task and not on what is easiest to score
• Produce evidence that can be reported and understood by students, parents, teachers
and administration
• Are ongoing and cumulative
• Are subject to continuous review and improvement
Course Descriptions: Lower Elementary to Upper Elementary Program
- Kindergarten 2 to Grade 5 continued
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