A balance of reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, literature, and media studies are the most important academic functions in all areas of learning—not just as individual subject areas. Reading and language arts is not just something we should do primarily to be used to develop a competent and competitive work force but, additionally, to connect ourselves more fully with others in our society and the world. Trinity Lutheran teachers create a sense of community within the classroom as they share this knowledge and assist students in understanding all aspects of reading and the language arts, including the ability to think critically, and then act on this knowledge that empowers both teachers and students to expand beyond the classroom into the larger global community.
Mathematics is viewed as an important set of skills and also as a thinking subject that prepares students for algebra and beyond. Measurement and geometry develop alongside number and operations and are tied specifically to arithmetic along the way. Mathematical practices are embedded in classroom instruction, discussions, and activities. They describe the kind of mathematics teaching and learning to be fostered in the classroom.
Measures of Academic Progress and MAP for Primary Grades creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level. Assessment data—and essential information about what each student knows and is ready to learn is available to the classroom teacher and can be used to set educational goals for each individual student.