Re: The Benchmark School
Mon Oct 24, 2011 16:04

This article reminds me very much of a cartoon in which some wild warner bros. created creature is in a boat and the boat gets a leak. The character immediately plugs the hole and another leak shoots up! The psychotic antics continue for many ridiculous moments...

The Benchmark program adequately taught the students to read, but alas, found they hadn't learned to write. Then, after researching and teaching them how to write, they found the students hadn't learned to read in content areas... The difference between the Benchmark program and the cartoon character is that the Benchmark program had TIME developed in their program to staff development and the availability and ability to research options for best practices

Without sounding sappy- because I hate sounding sappy- it was encouraging, and possibly refreshing to read in this article essentially, "We try really hard, do everything we can possibly do, and will continue to reflect and research, but it's just not enough." Yes, those holes in the boat will constantly need plugging, but by golly, let's just keep plugging... Insanity? Yes. But how much better off those boats will be for it...

  • The Benchmark School - Stacy Durham, Sun Oct 23 12:41
    The Benchmark School provided evidence that many students who are in need of a reading program, are actually in need of more than just remedial reading instruction. I enjoyed reading about their... more
    • Re: The Benchmark School - beasleylm, Mon Oct 24 17:52
      I agree with you about many students in the need of a reading program. I also really like the idea of students revising their writing on computers. I think it would be great for students to do their... more
    • Re: The Benchmark School - redingerj, Mon Oct 24 16:04
    • Re: Stacy - Elisabeth Borowicz, Sun Oct 23 13:57
      I totally agree that students are reluctant to publish their work only to correct a few mistakes. For the first time last week I allowed my students to publish with Microsoft Word. They loved it! I... more
      • Elisabeth - langem, Sun Oct 23 18:33
        My students also used Microsoft Word for the first time this week. They really enjoyed using the laptops to publishing thier poems. One student commented on how much fun it was to type their poem.... more
      • Re: Benchmark School - Jennifer Wherritt Ridenhour, Sun Oct 23 16:04
        I love the idea of letting students publish using a computer. It will make them more eager to write!
        • publising reply - lockwoodre, Sun Oct 23 22:35
          My students are currently into publishing in kidspiration for math and science topics. We also are using Wordale and Comic Life. One of my current favorites is Comic Life. Students can incorporate... more
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