Teaching Teachers Technique: Lower School Faculty Participate in Orton-Gillingham, Structured Literacy Workshop

In August, all lower division faculty participated in a workshop focused on the Orton-Gillingham method: an approach to teaching literacy based on a comprehensive body of research that has revealed how we learn to read. The workshop, created by the Institute for Multi-sensory Education (IMSE), was directed by Amy Gulley, a dyslexia specialist. Its main goal was to demonstrate the power of structured literacy, an umbrella term that refers to the most effective, powerful methods for helping all students develop literacy skills and become better readers. For years, educators mainly applied plans like Orton-Gillingham to students who struggled to read. However, research shows that these methods are effective for readers of all skill levels and abilities, and that they can be incorporated into every classroom. “Structured literacy programs—which include Orton-Gillingham methodology—provide a multisensory and building block approach to reading,” explains Kate Bitter, dean of the lower division. “By providing [...]

2022-06-23T15:23:34-07:00November 23, 2021|Alumni, FYE22, Lower Division Academics, News|

Exciting Changes in World Languages at RLS

Teachers in Stevenson’s world languages department continue to develop curriculum and best practices to meet the needs of students across all three divisions. In particular, the cross-divisional department has a heightened focus on proficiency-based teaching and learning with the goal of developing real-world language skills and lifelong language learners. To assess the program the department uses the Avant STAMP™ (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency) test. This test has been utilized at the Carmel Campus since 2014 and was recently added to the Pebble Beach Campus program. This year’s upper division level-two language students took the STAMP test in order to gauge their proficiency using the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency guidelines. After students took the test, the School received a report that rated each individual student's proficiency in four different competencies: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Phillip Koshi, the upper division world languages department chair, [...]

Division Drama: Grade 2 Students Act Out Pat Hutchins’ The Doorbell Rang to Learn New Math Skills

Stevenson teachers excel at coming up with innovative and unique ways to teach students basic, important concepts. Grade 2 teacher Blair Cronin recently had students act out the book The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins in order to introduce them to the mathematical concept of division. In The Doorbell Rang, a classic children’s book about sharing, a group of kids must figure out how to equally dole out a batch of fresh baked cookies as more and more friends arrive at their front door. Ms. Cronin explains, “The book is a wonderful introduction to division as sharing, and it lends itself nicely to an experiential component.” For the activity, students were assigned parts, then given a printed script of the book. They practiced their lines and created sets and props for the performance. Students performed in class with their classmates, and Ms. Cronin filmed the performance so that they [...]

2021-11-23T12:57:00-08:00April 16, 2021|Lower Division Academics, News, News Posts-all|

Reading Remotely: Stevenson Continues the Focus on Early Literacy via Zoom

Literacy remains a key focus in the Lower Division. Despite challenges posed by remote instruction this past year, teachers were able to make useful pivots that allowed them to continue to use the best, data-driven practices for teaching young students reading and writing, and sustain their commitment to teaching a balanced approach to literacy. Students learned phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and writing with equal emphasis, ensuring students had a well-rounded introduction to language. With classrooms capped at a 12:1 student ratio, teachers were able to tailor instruction to meet each student’s needs. They adopted a multi sensory approach and new technology that allowed them to make reading and writing instruction both effective and enjoyable, even from afar. To teach phonemic awareness (the ability to identify and manipulate individual sounds), lower division teachers focused on games, movement, and back-and-forth auditory exercises where words and sounds were repeated or [...]

2021-11-23T12:57:29-08:00March 18, 2021|Lower Division Academics, News, News Posts-all|
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