Students in grades 6-8 to receive additional math, ELA and science instruction during labsStarting in the 2019-20 school year, Jordan-Elbridge Middle School students in grades 6-8 will receive additional instruction in math and English language arts (ELA) in the form of new labs.
Students will also receive additional instruction in science. Although science classes have always included a lab, these exploratory experiences will occur more often.
The ELA and math labs constitute a redesign of Eagle Mod and will be held for 40 minutes every other day. Since the labs will be an extension of each class, students will receive a grade.
District leaders say the ELA labs will be dedicated to independent accountable reading, literature circles, a writer's workshop and vocabulary development. The math labs will center on independent application of skills, math journals, and additional guided practice through differentiated stations and worked examples.
Additionally, the science lab will focus on developing writing and laboratory experimental skills, and will be an extension of the classroom curriculum.
“The labs will serve as an opportunity for students to experience additional guided practice and to engage with independent application while supported by their core area teacher,” said Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Janice Schue.
“We are excited to provide all students with more direct contact with our talented core area teachers, and we believe we will see gains in student achievement.”