Primary Grades (K-2) TOSA
TOSAs (Teacher on Special Assignment) funded 100% by MPTO work with all grades at Montclaire to provide classroom size reduction and greater individual attention, special enrichment activities that complement classroom learning, as well as serving in a support role for students struggling to meet benchmarks in their learning.
Mrs. Chiang and Mr. Mercer work with all students in grades K-2. Each primary grade student spends ~45 minutes per week working with Mrs. Chiang or Mr. Mercer on projects jointly planned with the classroom teachers for each grade level. For example, kindergartners might complete a STEM activity based on the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom that involves designing and engineering a 3D tree (like the one in the book) using paper rolls, foil, and cardboard. The students are challenged to make sure the tree is stable enough to stand upright and support all the alphabet letters from the book. In Grades 1 and 2, lessons introduce and supplement language arts and grammar. Our TOSA's and the primary teachers are very flexible and may change their typical routine with their students if the team feels one curricular area needs more attention.Our dedicated TOSA teachers are thrilled with the variety of activities in their role and love getting to know so many students. K-2 classroom teachers are excited about working more closely with their half classes during their 90 minutes per week of TOSA time.
The small groups setting is a unique strength to Montclaire, and truly supports a strong learning environment. In addition, Mrs. Chiang and Mr. Mercer support and work with students scoring below benchmark, providing additional assessment, attending IST meetings, and working with the classroom teacher as an additional set of eyes on our kids who need that extra support.
Ask your kids what they’re working on with their TOSA this week!