Right and Wrong

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Photo and caption by BERAT GUDUL This photo was taken in front of a school after the school out. Location: Nairobi,Kenya

Photo and caption by BERAT GUDUL
This photo was taken in front of a school after the school out.
Location: Nairobi,Kenya

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase: “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander”.


Even though my dear Grandmother (God rest her soul) had every good intention, she was erroneously misleading me. Grammy was thereby innocently reinforcing a “fact” that wasn’t a fact at all. Your students needs may be every bit as different as this students in Nairobi. In fact, something I am noticing here at home in the Northwest is one school can be just as disproportionate as another school across town yet within your own district. You may ask: “What brings this to mind?” CCSS and curricula. As with the standards, it is open and many of the anchors give the educators the opportunity to attain the standardized objectives without a prescriptive pedagogy. Meeting with districts around Alaska and Washington, I have been steering them in the direction of Achieve the Core website. Herein lies a set of toolkits to help districts identify which programs will help you best achieve the CCSS.

There are, as you may have noticed, a number of programs on the market. Some are more comprehensive than others; and some were created just to make the publishers an extra buck. There are some that are structured and flexible and there are some that are all over the place with multiple anthologies: full of rigor but too challenging or inaccessible to ELL’s or students with special needs. Whatever you do, make certain you adopt something. Smarter Balance begins this fall and, whether we like it or not, our students are going to be assessed. Not only that, our teachers are going to begin being evaluated based off of these standardized test scores. In light of the plight of the NYC schools, this scares the TAR out of me (I assure you I am NOT alone there). Something my Grandmother did teach me that has held true to me is: “Not doing anything is doing something”. Do something and set your teachers and students up for success.

If you would like to see the Common Core programs National Geographic has put together for ELA and/or ESL, please feel free to drop me a line! If you are merely wanting a supplemental program, I have a fantastic comprehension program that is flexible yet allows you to continue on with your current ELA program. We hope to partner with you soon.

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