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atkinssh
Reply to Benchmark School
Sun Oct 23, 2011 18:39
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I agree with what you are saying. This sounds like the ideal school where any teacher would want to teach. Schools need to pay more attention to what research says about teaching reading and stop playing guessing games as to what they think will help students learn. A direct quote from an assistant superintendant about a reading program that our county has recently adopted: "I'm not sure what's missing from our county's reading instructional program, but this [reading program] could be it." I looked around the room to see if anyone had heard what I just heard. It's ludicrous how the people in authority are making decisions about teaching children.

  • Benchmark School - williskl1, Sat Oct 22 14:06
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    • Re: Benchmark School - Stacy Durham, Wed Nov 9 19:32
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    • Re: Benchmark School - beasleylm, Mon Oct 24 17:55
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    • Reply to Benchmark School - atkinssh, Sun Oct 23 18:39
      • Reply to Benchmark School - beasleycm, Mon Oct 24 15:25
        I also agree. We need to go with what research says works and stop guessing.
    • Re: Benchmark School - Jennifer Wherritt Ridenhour, Sun Oct 23 16:07
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      • Re: Benchmark School - langem, Sun Oct 23 18:41
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        • Re: Benchmark School - fayk, Sat Oct 29 18:00
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