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New Rochelle Teachers Moving Beyond Traditional Methods

Jefferson students have been utilizing a new instructional practice called accountable talk, which involves collaborative discussion among students and includes repeating what was read and clarifying the meaning.
Jefferson students have been utilizing a new instructional practice called accountable talk, which involves collaborative discussion among students and includes repeating what was read and clarifying the meaning. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. --  Teachers and administrators from New Rochelle's Jefferson Elementary School shared how professional learning strategies are impacting classroom instruction at a recent Board of Education meeting.

The instructional practices they discussed were student-driven and focused on the application of acquired information, as well as problem-solving, according to a release from the City School District of New Rochelle.

When discussing literacy instruction, Principal Kimmerly Nieves shared that teachers at Jefferson are going beyond traditional methods. She was particularly excited about the success students are having when they use an instructional practice called accountable talk.

Accountable talk involves collaborative discussion among students and includes repeating what was read, clarifying the meaning, making connections and revising understanding upon further reflection, the release said.

Teacher Stefanie Syken shared how Jefferson teachers are supporting their students in mathematical investigations that are leading to higher understandings.

The guiding principle of these investigations is that students come to school with existing ideas about numbers and then build upon those ideas when provided with the proper environment, interaction and support, she said.

Regardless of the subject, the students at Jefferson are being provided with valuable opportunities to talk with their peers about their ideas, discuss different viewpoints and continually add to their prior knowledge, according to the release.

And through ongoing professional development and colleague support, educators are learning how to better support their students in their investigations and discoveries.

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