What I love about teaching is guiding my students through powerful pieces of literature and seeing them fall in love with reading for perhaps the first time. And of course, I love helping my students to feel comfortable and confident to be themselves even through the sometimes trying times of middle school.
My name is Matt Crowe. I have been a teacher for nine years, and it’s my pleasure to be starting my third year of teaching Comm. Arts here at North Shore Middle School.
This year in Comm. Arts your child will be actively involved in Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop as part of our district’s literacy initiative. This method of delivery is based on the work of Lucy Calkins and the Columbia University Teacher’s College.
The workshop model stresses a rigorous framework for reading and writing growth, through whole class mini-lessons that focus students on honing and perfecting specific skills and strategies, through daily teacher-student conferences, and through collaborative peer work. The program emphasizes genuine reading and writing pursuits that will not only help students’ achievement but also create a culture of lifelong readers and writers. After having the opportunity to attend a Teacher’s College training this summer, I have seen the incredible potential that this instructional method will mean for our kids.
I encourage you to take an active part in your child’s growth as well. Homework completion and independent reading and writing at home is expected. Homework will be communicated using the grade level calendar on our website. Students will be expected to complete a reading log and have parents sign it every two weeks. Your help with this is greatly appreciated!