No novels or chapter books allowed???

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  1. Darkhorse

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    We had a meeting to discuss all the results from the beginning of the year literacy testing that was done and to set up intervention groups. Between SPED, ELL and low readers I will have 17 out of 22 kids pulled for some kind of group for a half hour each day. But that's another story altogether. I asked the literacy coach for some resources to do novel studies with the 5 kids that will stay with me during that time as they are reading significantly above grade level.

    She told me that the superintendent informed all the schools that we are no longer allowed to teach reading through novels or chapter books. His reasoning is that it does not allow enough unique opportunities to practice important skills. So we are only allowed to use picture books or passages that can be read in one day. This is so the students are exposed to a larger variety of reading materials (AKA: the kind they would experience on the state tests.)

    I was shocked and so were the other teachers/interventionists at the meeting. So much for authentic literature or providing students with real world reading experience. I am so thrilled that we are following "best practices" like our website so proudly claims... :eek::mad:
     
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    It makes me unbelievably sad to read this.
     
  4. Hoot Owl

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    If I were those kids' parents I'd have a talk with this guy!! That's blatant discrimination against those who can achieve. That is just ridiculous.
     
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    That is just WRONG! You must be shocked.

    How can children learn to appreciate great stories and literature that take more than a day to read if a whole school district doesn't allow them? How can they learn to have the persistence to stay with a story? How will they experience real character development? How will they mature into lifelong readers if all they want to do is read a magazine article?

    Where is the research (and common sense) that backs this approach? I would think when the public discovers this new reality there will be quite a stir! This is so sad.
     
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    Is there any way to slip novels and chapter books into your class without your teaching with them? Maybe some type of enrichment/incentive program for your class.
     
  7. Blkjacq

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    That does suck.

    You teach 2nd grade? Can you do a 10min reading time each day? I used to read all sorts of higher level books to my 3rd graders. Wizard of Oz (very different than the movie, Lion Witch and Wardrove, etc)
     
  8. KinderCowgirl

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    It was like that at our school for several years - we got a new admin last year who is much more flexible. I've always said it's why so many kids hate reading - from 2nd Grade on here (TAKS testing from 3rd-5th) all they read is passages - I'd be bored too. And I'm sorry you can't teach vocabulary in any kind of authentic way from those passages. I've tutored kids who have had to read the same ones over the years 3 or 4 times. Kids love to read novels, what a shame. I wonder if maybe your kids started some kind of petition to the super...-- we want to read BOOKS!
     
  9. Darkhorse

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    I do a read aloud with chapter books every day so I plan to keep doing that, regardless. My kids love the read aloud because I try to pick fun books.

    The literacy coach said that I could probably get away with doing novel studies during the intervention time since it is only 30 minutes a day. So I am going to go ahead with that. If they want to get me in trouble for teaching my kids to read I would love to see how they justify that.

    Unfortunately I work in a low income/high minority school district so the parents are unlikely to care or do anything about it. That is also why there is such an emphasis on the state tests, since our district tends to not do so well.

    It is just such a shame especially since all the new research indicates that novels, authentic literature, and allowing students to choose their own reading material is the best approach. I wonder if I should start forwarding all that information on to the super. He probably wouldn't even care. None of the teachers in the district like him as it is. This is just stupid.:crosseyed
     
  10. Mrs. R.

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    I have one word.... Readicide.
     
  11. Budaka

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    I have said it before and I will say it again- No child left behind is leaving behind our gifted and talented academic students. My childrens' school just hired three new literacy specialists because one small subgroup of their school did not make AYP. Now all the students have almost two and half hours of reading a day. My children read two or three levels above their grade level. And they are bored, bored, bored. So readicide it is. Plus the fact that they need to do something else. How about science, social studies, etc?
     
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    This is just about one of the saddest turns I have seen in education!!!

    I would be reading a chapter book aloud daily for the FUN of it. For NO other purpose! I would also have a time slot for self-selected reading and encourage them to read whatever they like; chapter books, picture books, comic books, magazines and newspapers!!!

    If that's not possible, celebrate with a reading party! I am sure you have time for some parties here and there. The kids bring in their pillows, PJs if they want, and whatever books they love. They can have cocoa and popcorn and enjoy a nice chunk of reading time. My students LOVE this!!
     

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