Why Is Literacy Is A Secondary Goal?

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The intention for FAST to be math and science focused does not mean that literacy is a secondary goal; it means that STEM concepts are integrated into the literacy equation for our students. Literacy encompasses three components for students; Reading Workshop, English Language Arts (ELA) and Writing. These subjects will be taught as a block, particularly in the early grades when students are progressing from learning to read, to reading to learn, so that students have more opportunities to link the concepts together.
One of the key characteristics that sets high progress classrooms apart from typical classrooms is the teachers in these classrooms. Teachers in high progress classrooms do not depend on single programs or approaches to
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With this model, teachers employ a structure that allows for small, flexible grouping and the targeting of instruction on the specific skills and concepts that need to be reinforced. Small groups may include students focusing on mastering a portion of the lesson or providing time for more intensive teaching.

Reading Workshop - For reading workshop, teachers use assessment data from DIBELS as well as RAZKIDS to determine each student’s instructional level. Teachers then develop guided reading groups to teach students at their own level. Since those at the same reading level may still vary in their mastery of specific reading skills–such as
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