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Frustration and a bit of a rant...
Tue Jul 16, 2013 16:32

In my opinion, this is one of those negative side-effects of high-stakes testing. So often we are handed a program that is "teacher proof" and told that we have to "teach" the program even though it might go against our instincts of what good teaching is and we really aren't teaching but more talking at kids. I was at our county offices working on the pacing guide in June and I remember sitting with other fourth grade teachers from other schools and they were talking about using the basal reading series that we have here (Scott Foresman) and I couldn't join their conversation because I don't use it with any sort of regularity. My principal was fine with me doing that because she knew that the students were learning (not just as an administrator but also as a parent because I had her son). I have taught in systems where we had to use a certain prescribed program and it nearly killed me. It is almost as if it physically hurts me to teach that way. You know, we talk about motivation for reading and I just don't see how anyone can think that students will be motivated to read like that, especially older kids! Sorry for the rant!!!

  • School programs - Cindi bradshaw, Tue Jul 16 14:45
    Heather, At our school this year we used a program called Reading Plus. Like your school some of the students made progress, but others were not able to progress and it created a lot of frustration.... more
    • Frustration and a bit of a rant... - lohrmk, Tue Jul 16 16:32
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