研究 shows that high quality instruction is the most important part of student success. At ICAGeorgia, we define “high quality” as a set of foundational skills called “Back To The Basics.” Back To The Basics is the idea that teachers will inevitably improve student outcomes once they are able to draft standard based learning objectives and opportunities, 解读和领导数据谈判, 高质素评估草案, 组织和促进灵活的小组, 利用技术，最重要的是要有一个增长的心态. We believe that teachers who have these qualities will be able to design curriculum and deliver instruction that will meet individual students’ needs.
These include heterogeneous groupings; pattern language; predictable books; TPR (Total Physical Response) and storytelling; print-rich environments; paired reading strategies; bilingual anchor charts; preview/review; and a choice of literature that is translated in both languages as often as possible. 在创建一个每天的课程计划, 每位老师列出几个学习目标, 以及有区别的课堂活动和作业. These teaching strategies are introduced in the teacher orientation and will continue throughout the school year bi-weekly during “professional development Fridays.”
We carefully implement the above strategies for promoting academic achievement through our Dual Language Immersion program using many years of research. 因此, students’ metalinguistic awareness and higher-order thinking skills, 元认知等, are better developed across languages as students “use what they know in one language as a resource for acquiring and refining their proficiency in the partner language” (Kennedy, Two-Way SIOP: Strategies for Promoting Academic Achievement in Two Languages, 2014).
我们学校每天采用不同的分组方式. In monolingual schools, some students excel in all subject areas and feel no need to seek out help. However, Dual Language schools have students with diverse talents. 当学生学习两种语言的核心科目时, even the high-achieving students will need help from native speakers when learning in their second language. 在很小的时候, our students discover that the world is diverse and that accepting and giving help is essential. By experiencing both “helping” and “being helped” in daily school life, every child learns humility and to respect others who are different from them.
Our teachers effectively and reflectively apply differentiated instruction in many forms. 对每个学生进行预评估, teachers create weekly lesson plans with differentiated class activities, 家庭作业, and assessment using resource books on differentiated instruction and assessment strategies (Chapman & King, 2005; Forsten, Grant, Hollas, 2003; Tilton, 2005).
In order to further enhance cooperative learning and differentiation, our teacher training includes carefully planned strategies on how to use IT equipment effectively. 例如, 分化程度的幻灯片, 卡片, and writing prompts will be used with document cameras so as not to shortchange the needs of advanced students. 在我们最初的几年里, we will create a schedule to share tablets effectively until we are able to procure one for every student. Two students from linguistically diverse backgrounds will be paired together and will share one tablet for cooperative learning. Most classrooms have a document camera and a projector that not only teachers, 还有学生自己, actively use for peer editing each other’s essays or research presentations.
Hands-on inquiry based learning and a student-centered environment are conducive to lifetime learning. 将强调开放的思想. (见附录1第三章第14节教案)
ICAGeorgia uses research projects as an integrated way of teaching three fundamental skills: Writing, 研究, 和演示. 当然, 研究是所有研究项目所固有的, but we heavily emphasize writing by having the teacher provide individualized writing coaching. 所有的研究项目都以演示结束, followed by peer evaluation aimed at improving these presentation skills. This RWP approach takes place in all grades, using age-appropriate materials.
Another feature of our school is that we have 190 school days each year. 高分的国家 比萨 如芬兰, 日本, 和加拿大每年都有190天或更多的上学日, which suggests that a longer school year leads to better academic achievement. We believe the summer vacation is too long in the traditional American school calendar, 正如许多提倡全年日历的人一样. 然而，全年模式有利有弊. 因此, our calendar has been created to fill in the gaps between the traditional calendar and the year-round calendar. 让当地家庭的生活尽可能的简单, in principle we align our school calendar with the neighboring county school calendars, 但是我们增加了额外的天数. This is less disruptive compared to the year-round calendar model. 例如, 当邻近的学校放了整整一周的假, 我们星期一和星期二留学生. Families can then still take a vacation from Wednesday to Sunday without sacrificing too much valuable time in the classroom. By shortening the length of breaks and adding ten extra school days, 我们能够达到190天的目标.