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Teaching & Learning at Giddens

Academic Excellence & Learning

We prepare students with deep knowledge and understanding of the core content areas of schooling: mathematics, science, social studies, and literacy. Additionally, the process of learning to learn is central at Giddens. We support students to understand who they are as learners so that they can advocate for themselves.

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Social Justice Content & Commitment

We engage students to understand the world through a social justice lens. This lens provides Giddens students with guideposts for understanding and actively participating in a democratic society.


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Social & Emotional Development

We support social and emotional learning by working with students to develop their own understanding of who they are in relation to learning, to their communities, and to the world.

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Facts about Giddens

Each week students deliver food from the Food Bank at St. Mary's to our neighborhood senior center.

Students regularly venture into our surrounding neighborhood to expand their learning in our community.

Our technology program reinforces the development of digital citizenship. with students learning the skills and behaviors to be responsible consumers and producers of information.

SPARK units are inquiry based learning experiences that place science and social studies content knowledge side by side with social justice topics.

Our PE program provides developmentally appropriate instruction from basic movement exercises to more complex team sports.

Bridges in Mathematics is a comprehensive K-5 program that equips teachers to fully implement the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners.

Giddens uses resources and perspectives from Wired for Reading, Fountas and Pinnell, Daily 5, Words Their Way, Guided Comprehension, and other programs to support our reading curriculum.

Small group instruction takes place at all grade levels allowing teachers to meet students changing needs.

Our extended day and enrichment programs allow students to continue to learn and play together beyond the school day.

We believe that the best learning happens in a diverse, inclusive, and caring school environment which provides ample opportunities for students to take risks, build understanding across boundaries, and be more open and caring members of the school, community, and our multicultural society.

Through instruction that attends to common core state standards, students regularly exceed grade level expectations in formal and informal assessments.

Students are highly sought after by leading area middle schools for their commitment to social emotional maturity and high academic skills.

In our outdoor learning lab, students are able to grow vegetables in the garden to eat and donate to the local food bank.

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