I like to read and as a new teacher I've been reading a lot of books on reading...I've read such books as Mosaic Of Thought (Not completely, but plan to finish it over the summer), Reading Essentials, Daily Five, Comprehension Connections and Reading Power. It's the end of the year and I'm already thinking about next year and what I want to change in my classroom. I know I want to teach reading differently, but I'm required to use our basal (Harcourt Trophies). 80% of our reading instruction is supposed to come from the basal. I'm confused about what the research says on reading...Harcourt is research based and we are supposed to be teaching the following skills: author's purpose cause and effect compare/contrast draw conclusions elements of nonfiction fact and opinion follow written directions main idea and details make inferences paraphrase sequence summarize We are supposed to do centers and guided reading with harcourt, which is somthing I struggle with. Now, what I'm getting from the other books I have read, which are research based is kids learn to read by READING. The skills that should be taught are: Teaching kids what metacognition is all about schema inferring questioning determing Importance visualizing synthesizing It seems doing reader's workshop is the way to go, so you can have time to sit and confer with your students. Have them reading books that are at their level. My mind is spinning!! I've read that schools use basals, so that they know what teachers are teaching and everyone is on the same page, but is it really effective??? How do companies like Harcourt do their research?? Is is really research based?? I'll be hones with you, I'm not good at reading research and being able to sort it all out. This is something I need to work on. I just want to do what's best for my students and I wish I had someone at my school to talk to...Someone I can bounce ideas off of. Can someone help me sort this out or give me ideas on what to do??? Thank you!!