Instruction

The Taught Curriculum - Bringing the curriculum to life through instruction

Classroom instruction is the daily work of teaching.  Instruction in Pearl River classrooms is designed in alignment with our written curricula.  In addition, faculty employ a variety of strategies to meet the needs of our students and engage them in the learning process.  Consequently, instruction may vary within classrooms from day to day as we support the goal that "every child can and will learn." Framed by the common core curriculum, instruction is dynamic in nature reflecting:

  • A focus on the 4 C's -- critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration and communication
  • Strategic use of direct instruction, guided practice and independent student work
  • Whole group, small group, and indvidual work
  • Collaborative and independent work
  • Content specific instructional strategies
  • Flexibility in meeting both group and individual learning needs
  • Multiple learning modalities and styles
  • Alignment of homework with current classroom learning

Instructional Technology

Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning - Computers in all elementary classrooms; iPads (K-2) and Chromebooks (gr. 3-12) in all schools for student use; Smartboards and internet-connected mobile teacher towers in each school; computer labs in the middle school and the high school; four academic technology classrooms in the middle school and two in the high school; Mandarin library systems; networked color printers; PASCO probes in the high school science lab; teacher input into software selection; In-house technology training; two full-time instructional technology coaches who work with teachers to integrate technology in the classroom; One full-time technology director and BOCES contract agreements for support.