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Instruction: The Art and Science of Teaching

Is teaching art or science? Educational researcher and author, Dr. Robert Marzano, explains that teaching is both an art and a science. According to Marzano, through the science of educational research we can identify the most effective instructional  strategies that work with students.  Yet, the way in which individual teachers make decisions about how and when to use those strategies is an art. 

Teachers at Prince of Peace Catholic School employ Marzano’s research-based instructional design framework, The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction.  This framework combines Dr. Marzano’s research on effective instructional practices, classroom management, and assessment. Through this planning framework, teachers share a common language of effective instruction creating a collaborative teaching environment in which every teacher cultivates the art and science of teaching. The results? Outstanding student achievement!

For more information about the Art and Science of Teaching framework, visit the Marzano Research Laboratory at http://www.marzanoresearch.com.

Curriculum

Prince of Peace Catholic School uses a Standards-Based Curriculum provided by the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Dallas. These standards represent the core of what all people should know, understand, and be able to do. Click here to access the curriculum.

Students with Special Needs

Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia addresses the five components of effective reading instruction as identified by the National Reading Panel: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency,vocabulary and reading comprehension. The Take Flight program is taught by a Certified Academic Language Therapist. For more information on the National Reading Panel’s research go to http://www.nationalreadingpanel.org/publications/summary.htm

For more information about the Take Flight Program, go to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children http://www.tsrhc.org/dyslexia-take-flight.htm

Star Center

The Star Center is a multipurpose resource lab that provides additional services to help meet the different needs of certain students in our school population. These students are pulled out of the classroom and brought to the resource lab at designated times according to specific needs. The time spent in the resource lab is scheduled so as to not interfere with any new skills being taught in the classroom. Accommodations are followed if a written and confirmed diagnosis of a learning difference is on file in the office.

Gifted and Talented Program

QUEST is the gifted and talented pull-out program at Prince of Peace Catholic School. It exists to provide identified students in grades 3-7 with a challenging and creative learning experience. Students in the QUEST program will participate in stimulating activities that help to foster critical thinking in an authentic learning environment.  

Within this environment, students will use 21st century learning skills to develop and create projects independently, as well as through collaboration with their peers.  Students will progress through increased levels of independence. Each student will have the opportunity to expand and develop their intellectual and/ or creative needs and work towards becoming a self-directed learner. The social and emotional growth of each child will also be central to the curriculum of the program.  Students will self-evaluate to help nurture intrapersonal awareness. The QUEST program provides opportunities for excellence, creativity, leadership, and the improvement of self-esteem through the development of higher-level thinking skills.  

QUEST Goals:

  • Students will use higher level thinking skills to create and answer questions
  • Students will utilize divergent and convergent thinking skills to develop innovative ideas
  • Students will create products that demonstrate knowledge and understanding
  • Students will become fluent in presentation and communication ability
  • Students will develop self-evaluation techniques

Technology

At Prince of Peace Catholic School, we are dedicated to providing each student with a technology-rich environment where digital age skills, such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity are fostered. Our goals for technology are:

  • To be seamlessly integrated so as to strengthen and enhance the rigor and relevance of curriculum content
  • To be a dynamic tool that can assist in maximizing the learning potential of each student
  • To empower students to create their own learning experiences in a digital learning environment 

Technology not only fosters student engagement and achievement at Prince of Peace Catholic School, but it also supports communication and collaboration among students, parents, and faculty.  A few of the many technologies we have available to POP students are including, but not limited to:

  • All Middle School Students (6-8 grade) are one-to-one using Dell Venue Tablets
  • A classroom set of Netbooks per fifth grade classroom
  • 5 iPads for each K-4 and CLC classroom
  • Several Computer Workstations in each K-4 classroom
  • Apple TVs
  • Document Cameras
  • Mimio Interactive Whiteboards
  • Touch Screen Computers in the Computer Lab
  • Laptop and Netbook Carts available for check-out
  • Netbooks available for use in the library
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