This makes my 200th post. Wow...to think I've tried writing 200 times now. I know that as an educator, reader, and writer, I am glad that I have ventured onto the blogging world. I've been able to look at the world with new eyes. I keep ideas in my head that I want to write about, that I want to remember, that I'm passionate about. And so begins a few thoughts...
Our corporation met a few days ago to go over basic requirements of our new adopted reading materials. In an effort to move our educators to a workshop style teaching reading, our corporation chose a certain program. When it came time to vote, I did not feel that this program would be as beneficial as the other that we were looking at...well, I'm going to try and let by-gones be by-gones. At our program training, the trainer said that we should teach the units in order the first year because that way we know how the program works...but we should also do what's best for our students.
Let me just say how frustrated I am! And without going into details, I am upset that those of us in the corporation that have spent time reading, time discussing, time planning and creating have to take 500 (okay, maybe not that much) steps back and use a basal cleverly designed as a workshop method.
How would my corporation like it if I made all of my higher students stay on course, because we need to all be on the same page and work together to move forward?
I'm going to do it, but at the same time, I am going to make sure I am still pouring in as much as I can of what I know is best for my students.