Inspired Curriculum

Nicole Smith

A Word From the Curriculum Specialist

I am so excited to serve as Westlawn's Curriculum Specialist this year. I have learned so much already. I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting classrooms and interacting with everyone during professional development sessions and meeting with teachers individually. This is my 7th year at Westlawn and I am passionate about our school. Please don't hesitate to contact me so that I may be of assistance to you teach our young Warriors.

Hall of Heroes

Let's celebrate each other!!

You have probably noticed that we have a hall of heroes. The purpose of this is to celebrate the great things that are happening at Westlawn. We have the best teachers in Huntsville City Schools and we want to highlight them. Below are some we have highlighted so far:

October and November's Strategy: Reciprocal Teaching

Periodically I will highlight strategies that you are strongly encouraged to use in your classrooms. This is simply to add variety and increase engagement. Try something new, I am here to help you. Please let me know when you implement this strategy and share your work samples (this may help others).

Reciprocal teaching refers to an instructional activity in which students become the teacher in small group reading sessions. Teachers model, then help students learn to guide group discussions using four strategies: summarizing, question generating, clarifying, and predicting. Once students have learned the strategies, they take turns assuming the role of teacher in leading a dialogue about what has been read.


Why use reciprocal teaching?

  • It encourages students to think about their own thought process during reading.
  • It helps students learn to be actively involved and monitor their comprehension as they read.
  • It teaches students to ask questions during reading and helps make the text more comprehensible.

From readingrockets.org
An Introduction to Reciprocal Teaching

Reciprocal Teaching In Math

Reciprocal Teaching Math Lara Parent

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Nicole Smith: Curriculum Specialist

Please don't hesitate to contact me. I am here for you!