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  1. Margo Dill
    Margo Dill September 17, 2012 at 7:51 am |

    One other thing I was just thinking. . . it’ s important for children’s authors to be aware of these, too. If you want teachers to use your books in the classroom, show them how they can use them with the standards!

  2. Rose Thoman
    Rose Thoman September 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm |

    I like the idea of specific targeting. Teachers appreciate materials that will help address the standards they are responsible for. In my district we were ‘unwrapping’ the standards that were given and really break down what they all meant. The state was doing the same thing for us at the same time. I felt that it wasn’t the best use of our time to spend hours unwrapping one standard when there are many MANY to go through and state people were being paid to do the same. Standards are needed because of moving. We were a very high moving school. The interesting thing is, just because standards are in place doesn’t mean they are all being implemented the same time, so even if a child moves they could be repeating/missing something. The flip side is, I would NOT like the idea of all teachers doing everything at the same time within a district. My last year teaching I had 1/3 of my class on IEP’s. and another 1/3 were learning English as a second or third language. We moved at a different pace than other third grade classrooms.
    I loved doing reader’s theatre with my struggling readers. I had some leveled plays which let me have several kids with all different abilities participate in the same play.
    In our district we had reading lists for each grade. There were battles between adjacent grade levels about who could read which book. For example, some of the third grade teachers wanted to read a fourth grade book with their higher readers and chose it from the list, then the fourth grade teachers were upset because they planned to use it as an entire class read aloud and now a bunch of students had already heard it.
    Ok, this is a super long comment, but I liked reading your post :)

  3. Margo Dill
    Margo Dill September 18, 2012 at 7:27 pm |

    Rose,
    You sound so much like me–these are the same things I used to hear/talk about/worry about when I was teaching. It is such a huge issue, and you are right NOTHING will solve the “moving” problem all together .But it’s a start, in my opinion. :)

    Margo

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