The 282 approach relies on three key elements: inspiring and educational experiences, a strong academic curriculum, and meaningful and supportive relationships.
This approach teaches kids not only core subjects like Math, English and Science, but how to inspire and create a passion for learning. Because every child learns differently and through different interests, we seek to combine rigorous academic curriculum with experiential learning that gives students a real-world view of the core subjects and motivates them to learn more. We believe the ultimate driver of great learning is great classrooms and a strong community. While we see test scores as baselines for some types of progress, they don’t provide feedback necessary to improve a child, class or school. That’s why we don’t focus on improving standardized test scores; we are focused on evaluating classroom environments and a support system that enhances lifelong learning.
Literacy and Writing
Park Slope School 282 bases its approach to literacy on the Teachers College Reading Writing Project. A framework which supports the selection of texts that meet the needs of our highest level readers, readers who read below grade level based on assessments and small group and individual conferences done in the classroom. Teachers College work with readers begins with a commitment to giving students ample amounts of time to read books of their own choosing and that they can read with fluency, accuracy and comprehension.
Mountains of data confirm that in order for students to progress as readers and writers, they must have abundant time to read and write. Our work with writers begins with a commitment to structuring schools so that students have time to write. Students work as professional authors do, cycling through the stages of the writing process and receiving feedback that is essential to growth.
During the writing workshop, students are invited to live, work and learn as writers. They observe their lives and the world around them while collecting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. We engage in this work with Teachers College in order to support the vision of creating habits that will sustain our students as lifelong readers and writers.
Park Slope School 282 has two PE teachers. Students will learn various gross motor skills while participating in activities designed to promote wellness of body and mind. Students practice movement techniques, teamwork through team building and competitive activities while learning about the importance of health, nutrition and physical fitness.
Our Science department strives to have teachers develop effective hands-on inquiry that involves a series of steps that builds students’ investigative skills (i.e. observation, questioning, experimental design, data analysis, explanation and reflection). This approach allows our teachers to create curriculum that aligns to the NYC DOE Science Scope and Sequence while providing support and flexibility to engage in experimental science investigations.
Park Slope School 282 has two full-time science teachers.
Park Slope School 282 offers a rigorous and challenging mathematics program for every student. As 282 transitions to the Math in Focus program, commonly referred to as Singapore Math, we continue to build upon this innovative approach to teaching math that helps students master problem solving skills aligned to the Common Core Standards. It is an integrated curriculum that provides students with activities to reinforce and extend their understanding of the material.
Our choice of the Math in Focus program is based on its emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving skills, allowing students to apply their knowledge in new situations. We are excited to be implementing this new curriculum as teachers and students engage with the program components that speak to the needs of all learners.
At Park Slope 282, technology is part of supporting a well-balanced education. Students learn about how to use technology to get information for learning as well as apply coding applications to gain exposure to more advanced computer science. Our technology teacher is able to deliver this with the lens of a reading specialist who can use valuable literacy content when given the opportunity.
Park slope 282 offers a challenging curriculum for Social Studies called Passport to Social Studies. Passport to Social Studies program is a comprehensive instructional resource that integrates the Common Core Learning Standards and the New York State K-8 Social Studies Framework to support strong social studies teaching and learning. This program allows students to make sense of the world in which they live, make connections between major ideas and their own lives, and see themselves as active members of a global community. It also challenges students to think like historians and encourages them to raise questions, think critically, consider many perspectives, and gather evidence in support of their interpretations through the practice of chronological processing, decision-making, and historical research and analysis. These real-world skills will serve students well as participating citizens of a democracy.