Special Programs for Older Elementary Students
The 8/9s have a dedicated period each week to focus on research projects of their choice. They can work independently or in small groups. They work closely with the librarian and the technology teacher during this time to design and integrate research and technology to enhance their learning and deepen their understanding. When the projects are completed the children then have an opportunity to share their work with parents and the larger school community. It is a wonderful way for students to inspire each other’s learning, and for the students to gain more experience with the collaborative process and public speaking.
The 9s and 10s also collaborate once a week for a special 9/10s mixed math period, which is centered on problem-solving and project-based math. This is an excellent opportunity to have the 10s mentor the 9s and provides both groups with additional elevated math instruction. This results in detailed preparation for moving into middle school math and test prep for the ISEE which is taken in the fall of 10s as a component of the outplacement process.
Project Time is unique to Corlears and is a very special part of the upper grades experience, and is a shared and dedicated time in the 8/9s and 10s schedule, which includes a variety of learning opportunities for children throughout the year. All subject teachers are available at this time and help provide additional experiences to work within their specialized domains. There are two sections of Project Time over the course of the year. September through December, Project Time I includes specialist electives for the 8/9s, and Flex Time for the 10s. Some of the electives the children can choose from are: Jazz Band, Team Sports, Claymation, Literary Performance, and Animal habitats and conservation. During Project Time II the 8/9s and 10s can come together for a different collaborative project-based learning opportunity centered on making a difference in the community.