September 3, 2008
Forest Avenue Awaits Redesigned Cluster Classrooms
MIDDLETOWN -- The new school year means a new look for one wing of Forest Avenue Elementary School.
The school's youngest students will learn in a "flexible" learning community. The open design of the four classrooms provides teachers with opportunities for group instruction and collaboration. The "learning studio" classrooms will surround a central "commons" area used for group presentations and hands-on learning.
The reconfigured classrooms won't be finished for another couple of weeks, however. Until then, Forest Avenue's kindergartners and first graders will be taught in the school's art classroom.
Teachers report to school today and will attend workshops on curriculum development, student assessment and communication. This year, teachers will use two programs -- iParent and FinalSite -- to communicate with parents and collaborate with fellow teachers, schools Supt. Rosemarie K. Kraeger said.
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