What is WIN?

  • In the spring of 2018, a decision was made by the administrative team to implement a schedule premised on a six-day rotation in each of the five elementary schools.  As explained, the purpose of this new schedule is to maximize student time devoted to learning and to minimize interruptions.  

    One of the highlights of this new schedule is the addition of a “WIN” period.  “WIN” (which stands for “What I Need”) is a time when teachers will be personalizing instruction to further meet the unique needs of each learner in every classroom.  It is a period of reinforcement, support, and/or enrichment.  In understanding the purpose of the WIN period, it is important to know what WIN time is not. WIN time is not “free time” or “study hall”; WIN time is not time for the completion of that night’s homework; and WIN time is not a time for extra “busy” work.  

    WIN time is essential support time for students with Tier 1 intervention plans.  These daily periods of time will be utilized to further support the individual child’s academic growth in identified skill(s).   For students who do not need interventions, this time can be devoted to providing additional time for students to master/reinforce  or enhance/enrich their skills through personalized, targeted learning goals using one of the district’s many web-based programs focused on grade-level or above grade-level standards.  Additionally, the inclusion of this period allows students to be pulled for supplemental services (RTI reading, RTI mathematics, speech, occupational therapy, ELL, etc.) with minimal interruption to core class time. 

    When students are mastering concepts, WIN time then becomes a time for extension, enrichment, and application and synthesis to real life learning.  How can students use the skills they have learned to solve than be implemented to support creativity, ingenuity, and motivation?  The premise behind extension activities can be applied for all learners to pique their interest and to make learning meaningful. You may learn as the year proceeds that your child, during the WIN period, works in a small group with the teacher to reinforce concepts or to be enriched on skills from a previous or future lesson, utilizes technology to support individualized growth plans in a targeted skill, completes a “genius hour” project, etc.

    One additional highlight of this new period is that it also allows for students in grades 2-5 who do not need one of the supplemental services listed above to attend an enrichment group with the art or music teacher once every six days. At Milford Brook School, the first cycle will occur from the end of September through the end of January, and the second cycle will occur from February through the end of the year.  If your child does not receive supplemental services and did not receive a letter regarding enrichment by the first full week of October, then he/she is assigned to the second cycle.

    We look forward to seeing our students grow and evolve during these personalized periods of time.