|Our teachers main reading goal focuses on the successful literacy of every child. The reading curriculum at Wicklow Elementary meets this goal by providing a literacy framework that connects reading and writing with a school site coordinator. The reading program offers an integrated approach to literacy learning. Each day students and teachers engage in read aloud, shared reading, guided and independent reading. They participate in shared writing, interactive writing, guided and independent writing. Within the reading curriculum, teachers are trained to gather information about children's literacy growth and to use that information to guide daily teaching and to document children's progress over time. The reading philosophy supports school change through an instructional framework, an ongoing professional development program, a process for documenting student's literacy growth over time and a plan for promoting home/school partnerships. At Wicklow teachers, administrators and parents work together in a partnership to ensure successful literacy for every student.|
|Accelerated Reader Program is a popular reading management software that helps teachers motivate students to read more and better books, thereby improving literacy for all students. The students read at their own pace a selection of books found in the library and classroom that match their reading level. After reading the book, the students take a multiple-choice comprehension test designed to verify that the student has read the book. The questions, a nice selection including a wide range of difficulty levels, are graded and the results are printed out. The more questions the students answer correctly, the more points they receive. At the end of the year, a party is held for those students who are high point winners for their grade level|
|Wicklow Elementary implements SuccessMaker in a 32 station computer lab. The SuccessMaker software consists of reading, math and writing courses that provide motivating learning experiences that allow each student to work at his or her optimum level. The extensive course offerings fit the needs of the various populations at Wicklow: Gifted, Exceptional Student Education, remedial and mainstream students. Wicklow uses SuccessMaker to help students build up their foundation skills as well as encourage critical thinking and writing skills. This balanced approach helps the students prepare for the FCAT in reading and math. First and second grade are scheduled for one weekly 30 minute lab session and third through fifth grades are scheduled twice weekly. While the students are in the lab, they are monitored by a qualified assistant. The assistant answers questions, helps with strategies to solve problems and tracks students' progress. Teachers are able to monitor each student's progress through SuccessMaker's comprehensive Management System. Teachers utilize course reports, reverse sorts, course performance, student levels, gains and time report for an accurate picture of each student's academic performance throughout the year.|
|Wicklow Elementary's math curriculum uses the Florida Sunshine State Standards of math competencies with a focus on FCAT strategies. In addition, we offer after school learning experiences for remediation of core math skills. Modeled instruction is a key to our student’s math success, along with the integration of important reading skills, like reading for meaning. We incorporate technology often in our math program especially with the SuccessMaker Program. Learning doesn’t stop at school, though. You play the greatest part in educating your child. By using the links below, you can extend these learning experiences at home.|
|Wicklow Elementary has two 30 station networked computer labs; the NCS SuccessMaker Lab and The Technology Learning Center Lab. The TLC Lab uses flexible scheduling. Teachers schedule time in the TLC Lab to work on class projects, research, word process, use instructional software, or take virtual class trips. The Technology Facilitator plans with the classroom teacher the application, content, and student outcome. The teacher and Technology Facilitator team teach during the scheduled time. Each kindergarten class visits the TLC Lab for a 30 minute session of Earobics Step 1. Our primary ESOL students also use the TLC Lab and work on the Imagination Station program.
Each classroom in Wicklow has at least two networked workstations and a printer. Thirteen of our teachers have presentation systems in their classrooms for large group computer teaching experiences.
Each grade level team has a digital camera for instructional and classroom use. There are five additional cameras for daily check out.
Wicklow is equipped with a TV Production Studio. The "Wake-UP Wicklow" Morning Show is aired daily by the News Crew. The TV Production Studio is also used for special class projects. We have 4 video cameras and tripods for check out for taping of special events, special projects, assemblies, and classroom use.