Instructional Focus and Absolutes
Our Instructional Focus for 2017-18 in order to meet our UIP Strategies is Instructional and Engagement Complexity via Multiple Response Strategies, Questioning Strategies (Academic Discourse) and Task Complexity (Challenging Activities). This focus ties directly into our daily Instructional Absolutes:
1) Objective and DOLs updated, aligned, specific and visible
2) Daily Use of Multiple Response Strategies
3) Daily use of Academic Language Stems by staff and students (ie. RACE)
4) Evidence of DOL Data to inform instruction
5) Cornell Notes for note taking, annotating, citing evidence and summarization.
Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum
Sierra High School is at the forefront of Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum, which the Non-negotiables support. We promote a classroom environment where Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing and Thinking occur daily. For 2017-18, we are now researching how to embed Math analytical and reasoning skills across the curriculum as well. These skills support inquiry, critical thinking and complexity. The goal is for our scholars to be able to transfer learning between contents and across multiple scenarios – thus developing complex thinkers who create their own knowledge.