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ERIC Number: ED371308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-6
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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The GALAXY Classroom: An Interactive, Thematic Approach to Literacy Instruction.
Lewison, Mitzi
The GALAXY Classroom, developed as a nation-wide reform effort, was designed to make a significant positive difference in the educational lives of elementary school students who have traditionally been labeled "at-risk." As part of a 2-year demonstration and research phase, 39 elementary schools across the United States (and one school in Mexico) were connected by an interactive satellite telecommunications network. Instead of taking the standard view that students who are considered "at-risk" are deficient or unprepared for school, the Galaxy Classroom staff believes that the present education system is unable or unwilling to meet the needs of all students. The Galaxy Classroom philosophy starts from the premise that all students come to school with strengths that will enable them to become proficient learners. Moving away from the traditional transmission-of-knowledge, subject-centered curriculum, the Galaxy Classroom adopted a constructivist, child-centered approach which is organized around themes. Galaxy's language arts curriculum for grades 3-5 makes children's literature--and the children themselves--the central focus of the program. This vision for meaningful learning is built on the concept of empowering students by providing them with opportunities to debate issues, share ideas, compare information, and work on collaborative projects with children across the country. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Language: English
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