Bryn Mawr Elementary School students engage in a minimum 90-minute literacy block and 75-minute mathematics block daily using a workshop model. The workshop approach to learning and teaching has four main components including an opening, mini-lesson, work time, and debriefing. The work time is the longest part in which students have an opportunity to explore what has just been taught on an individual level. It also includes one-on-one teacher-student conferencing in which teachers meet with students individually on a regular basis to assess their learning, an effort that helps inform next steps in instruction.
Students also engage with content in social studies, science, physical education, music, library, and art. “Specialists” classes include physical education and music which students receive two times per week and library which students receive one time per week. Social studies, science, and art content is taught by students’ grade level teacher.