I just read this article, “Can Readers Really Stay Within the Standards Lines?”, by Maja Wilson and Tom Newkirk (Ed Week). The CCS do seem to be a return to New Criticism as a way of reading, but I think (hope!) Wilson & Newkirk are overstating the danger. I worry less about the ways of reading and more about the codification of *any* approach…will the implementation really be this rigid? http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/12/14/14wilson.h31.html?tkn=UOCCVJfo%2BPnzE07VzeAcIdRdEqHey2kr9VX1&cmp=clp-sb-ascd
Hi everyone. Here is the link to the published synthesis of CPS teachers’ input on how to structure the school day: http://vivateachers.org/2011/12/12/chicago-viva-teachers-recommend-better-ways-to-spend-time-in-school/ It will be interesting to see if this has any impact on policy.
Teachers everywhere are beginning to realize that in the present social and political atmosphere they need to begin speaking up about the work they do. Much of the public, the media, and the politicians have very little idea what goes into creating a great classroom every day. But they’ll only begin to understand and to make more informed policy decisions if we explain more about what we do. The linked article, from the November edition of the NCTE Council Chronicle [...]