Noah Webster Academy enriches lives. One way we accomplish this is through our teaching methods and academic instruction as outlined in our charter. Our teaching methods are researched based and have proven successful. These methods allow for teachers to teach and scholars to learn.
Instruction at Noah Webster Academy
Direct Instruction – Direct Instruction is based on the theory of all children being able to learn through clear, systematic instructions. Scholars learn as they receive instruction on their skill level. Weekly mastery of content taught is measured with rate of instruction being modified to ensure mastery occurs. Teachers are in the front of the classroom presenting the lesson with scholars answering when a signal is given.
Multisensory Instruction – Multisensory instruction engages the entire brain through sensory activities. Auditory (hearing and speaking), visual (seeing and perceiving), and kinesthetic/tactile (touch, movement, and doing) components are added to each lesson to activate the brain during instruction
Socratic Method – The Socratic method is an inquiry based instructional method. Scholars ask and answer questions to encourage critical thinking and creating new ideas.
Curriculum at Noah Webster Academy
Noah Webster Academy follows the standards and objectives established by the Utah State Office of Education. To help teach these standards and objectives, NWA has chosen the following programs. For more information about a program, please follow the link to the program's official website.
Power Hour & Achievement Groups
Noah Webster Academy ability groups for reading, math, and spelling. These groups allow for scholars to learn at their ability level for optimal learning and growth.
Saxon Math – We use this program for our math achievement groups. Saxon has been used at our school since day one in 2006. The instruction is systematic, daily reviews previously taught concepts, and builds upon what has been taught. Scholars are grouped according to instructional levels. We have had great success using this program with math test scores always higher than the state average.
Click here to read more about Saxon Math
Reading Mastery - We use this program for our reading achievement groups. Reading Mastery is taught using a Direct Instruction approach. Researched, scripted lessons ensure scholars are being taught and learning the components of reading correctly. The program helps scholars progress from the decoding phase to fluent comprehensive reading. Click here to read more about Reading Mastery
Novels Studies - This program is for those who have tested out of Reading Mastery. Scholars read, analyze, and report on a variety of novels like Crispin, Hatchet, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Corrective Reading - For those older scholars who struggle with reading, Corrective Reading is used to help teach reading skills. This program is a fast past, multiple repetition program which gets the scholars reading. Most scholars grow at least one to two levels while using this program.
Spalding Spelling - Spalding is a systematic, multi-sensory approach to spelling. Word lists are based off of the Eyres Word List of most frequent words read. Spelling includes learning phonograms, rules for spelling, and putting words into spelling notebooks. As scholars learn the rules they are able to apply them to other words and spelling. Click here to read more about Spalding Spelling.
Grade Level Classes and Learning
All scholars are though grade level content through the homeroom teachers. Grade level content is based on the Utah Core Standards.
English Language Arts - We have a number of programs used to teach ELA to our scholars.
Shurley English - Focuses on teaching writing and skills. Click here to read more about Shurley English.
Adventures in Language - This direct instruction program is used to help scholars learn and develop grammar and English skills. Click here to read more about Adventures in Language.
High Performance Writing - This program takes scholars to the next level in their writing skills. Scholars are taught to write a variety of genres through this program. Click here to read more about High Performance Writing
Core Math - Teachers use a variety of methods to help teach math concepts.
Science - Scholars receive hands-on opportunities through science exploration and study. Teachers teach science concepts from the State Core Standards as well as Core Knowledge.
Delta Science Readers - Informative reading passages. Click here to read more about Delta Science
Core Knowledge Science Readers - Informative reading passages.
Science Manipulatives - Hands on learning.
Social Studies - Teachers teach social study concepts from the State Core Standards as well as Core Knowledge.
Pearson Core Knowledge - Informative reading passages. Click here to read more about Pearson.
Nystrom Maps - Geography skills taught through books and maps. Click here to read more about Nystrom.