Henry J. Kalfas Magnet School classrooms are well-organized around workshop rituals and routines that
keep students engaged and excited about their learning!
K-8 classrooms in the Niagara Falls City School District use the Niagara’s
Choice School Design Model which has a rich and challenging literacy program
that focuses on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and
comprehension. During a daily 2 ½ hour
Literacy Block students develop good habits that will help them become
fluent lifelong readers and writers.
Literacy block consists of:
Skills Development where students learn phonemic awareness, the Readers’ Workshop concentrating on language, vocabulary,
comprehension, and fluency in reading and the Writers’ Workshop where students plan,
edit, revise, and publish their writing.
Mathematics instruction at Kalfas Magnet
School takes place in a workshop setting. Work and study is conducted in a
variety of ways: independently, collaboratively with a small group of students,
or communally with the entire class. In the classroom, students use math by
talking and thinking about it; analyzing mathematics by comparing solutions and
giving explanations; and understanding it by making connections, identifying
errors and tracing one’s reasoning. When it comes to mathematics work, routines
define what is carried out each day and rituals define how it is carried out.
Artifacts or objects are provided by the teacher to facilitate learning and are
created by the student as a result of learning. The Combination of rituals,
routines, and artifacts create an effective learning environment.