Eaton's Curriculum: The Basis of Our Students' Success for Over 100 Years
Eaton's flexible groups are at the core of how we teach and have allowed our students to thrive in all curriculum areas. Teachers and resource specialists collaborate to create smaller groups of students within each grade, especially for reading and math, so that students can receive the individualized attention that best meets their educational needs. These smaller groups allow teachers to continually assess students' progress, strengths, and challenges, and students move in and out of groups as their needs change.
The Office of Family and Public Engagement and the Office of Teaching and Learning collaborated to create grade specific Parent Guides. These guides give you the tools you need to support your child’s learning at home. In this booklet, you’ll find strategies based on the DCPS curriculum to help your child meet his or her learning goals. You’ll have a better understanding of what your child is learning in school and how you can further learning at home.
While Eaton takes a traditional approach to the mathematics children learn in each grade, such as numeracy in pre-K and multiplication and division in third grade, our teachers, in concert with our mathematics resource specialist, use flexible groupings to address children's remediation needs as well as their needs for more challenging work. Our mathematics specialist, our in-grade teachers, and our administration work together to determine the best curriculum resources and supplements for each grade, and utilize a variety of resources, including First in Math, Building Fact Fluency, iReady math, and Zearn to help children develop a love of math. We additionally use math manipulatives to provide children a concrete way to understand mathematics. As part of DCPS, Eaton utilizes Eureka Math in K-5 classrooms and Building Blocks in PreK4 classrooms as our core curriculum.
English Language Arts
Eaton students vary in their ELA educational needs, and Eaton's teachers and reading specialist work tirelessly to help students progress regardless of their starting point. Eaton uses dynamic, small group instruction with differentiated groups as part of our core instruction. Educators at Eaton also use just-right tools like iReady Reading, Epic, Pebble Go and in-class decodable and content readers that help students gain confidence in their reading abilities. We sponsor reading buddy programs, where children in upper grades work with children in lower grades to help develop their reading skills. Many teachers use materials such as Junior Great Books to create-class book clubs that spark discussion about what they read with their peers. We also have a dedicated librarian who helps students select age-appropriate books that appeal to their interests and foster their love of reading.