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Subject: Re: Question - Response for c. schober

From: Andrea Martine (martinea@basd.k12.pa.us)
Date: Wed Apr 05 2000 - 09:56:47 EDT


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Dear Cheryl,
     This Pennsylvania requirement is one for all grades K through 12. Can
you believe that?! The National Standards for Literacy require even more
books that are to be read independently.
     If the students know that they can use their textbooks for this log
(usually 5 or 6 books to begin with, that cuts the reading list to about 20
or 2 books per month). It also helps that they know this requirement in
advance. We usually give it the first few days of school in September. Our
students also have read anywhere from 2 to 4 books for our summer reading
program. This helps them, out as well. Any books read for any class may
also be used. Most of our students do major social studies/history
projects.
     I am the English/Language Arts Coach, K-12 for the District. I am not
currently teaching, but I have taught every level of every grade from 7
through 12. (Also K and 1) I have worked with our teachers to align our
English Curriculum K through 12 with standards (local,national and state); I
help them to do Web searches and create lesson plans, I observe and confer
with the English teachers; I have worked with the English teachers, through
staff development, to create lessons for each performance standard and
benchmark (Grades 7 through 12)(We did this last year at after school 2-hour
meetings every other week.), and I have begun this process with the teachers
in K through 6 this year. Next, we hope to create performance assessments
and rubrics for each lesson we created with examples of actual student work.
 All of this is to be published. I attend local curriculum meetings,
administrative meetings, conferences and the like. I am teaching this class
(In Search of the Novel ) for staff development, presenting at conferences,
and planning summer programs...I am a busy person...
     Reading Clubs help to intice the students to read independently...some
of the teachers have charts in their rooms so that the student's progress is
visible...if the students know that this is a requirement, they seem to be
willing to comply, busy or not...
     Hope that I have helped you,
     Andrea Martine
     Beaver Area High School
     Beaver, PA
       
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> From: schober@platteville.k12.wi.us (Cheryl A. Schober)
> To: martinea@basd.k12.pa.us
> Subject: Re(2): Question
> Date: Mon, 03 Apr 2000 12:35:33 -0500
>
> Andrea,
> What age level do you teach? I think the 25 independent reading books
> requirement is a wonderful idea, but I know that at the high school level,
> this is almost impossible for many due to the hectic schedules of teens
> who are involved with extra-curricular activities and work. Is there an
> age range for this reading requirement?
> Cheryl
>
> martinea@basd.k12.pa.us writes:
> >Betsy,
> > That is why the state of PA has initiated the 25 Independent Reading
> >Books requirement per year for students, for enjoyment. The students may
> >make their own choices of what to read, and then, just read for pleasure.

> >Many read far more than the 25 required books, while others just miss the
> >mark, but the idea is that everyone is trying!!!
> > Don't forget that in an English class, text analysis is the part of
> >our
> >job that we were educated to do (Secretly, most of us live for this
> >teaching
> >moment!). English teachers love/enjoy doing this, but today,we have to
> >find
> >more unique and better ways to do this, because every student sitting
> >before
> >us is not also an English Major! (That point is difficult for some of us
> >to
> >grasp!) Our students live in the fast paced world of technology. They
> >have
> >all of the information that they need sometimes in an instant. All
> >teachers
> >are competing in the year 2000 with the way technology (media) has
changed
> >everyone's life.
> > One of the teachers, who responded here in this forum, said that
when
> >she was fresh from college, she loved to analyze texts with her students.

> >Today, after 22 years, she does the lesson quite differently. Who is to
> >decide which way is better?
> > It's not that we are robbing the students of information, it is that
> >they are the focus of our lessons, not us, as we were in the past. Then,
> >the teacher had to produce, and most days the students were quite passive
> >as
> >learners. Today, the excitement of teaching comes from the students
> >passion
> >for inquiry, solving problems, relating the lessons of the past to the
> >problems of the day; etc. Teaching is so much more alive and valuable to
> >our students because of this shift. Students are creating learning
> >communities for their classes in every subject. There are many examples
> >of
> >this practice shown in the VCR tapes we are watching. It is thrilling
for
> >me to have the students "take off" when they are finally "hooked" on a
> >reading and make their own meanings of the messages of the text with
> >adequate support from the text, of course. (A part of that "old" English
> >teacher Philosophy just won't disappear!!)
> > Hope this gives you some "food for thought" on our teaching lives.
> >Most of us are similar in procedures. Your boys might also enjoy a
> >wonderful book entitled, Toad by Ruth Brown, since you are a science
> >teacher. The illustrations are breathtaking and full of some playful
> >mystery.
> >
> >Andrea Martine
>

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Dear Cheryl,<BR>
     This Pennsylvania requirement is one for all grades K through 12. Can you believe that?! The National Standards for Literacy require <B><U>even more</U></B> books that are to be read independently.<BR>
     If the students know that they can use their textbooks for this log (usually 5 or 6 books to begin with, that cuts the reading list to about 20 or 2 books per month). It also helps that they know this requirement in advance. We usually give it the first few days of school in September. Our students also have read anywhere from 2 to 4 books for our summer reading program. This helps them, out as well. Any books read for any class may also be used. Most of our students do major social studies/history projects.<BR>
     I am the English/Language Arts Coach, K-12 for the District. I am <B>not</B> currently teaching, but I have taught every level of every grade from 7 through 12. (Also K and 1) I have worked with our teachers to align our English Curriculum K through 12 with standards (local,national and state); I help them to do Web searches and create lesson plans, I observe and confer with the English teachers; I have worked with the English teachers, through staff development, to create lessons for each performance standard and benchmark (Grades 7 through 12)(We did this last year at after school 2-hour meetings every other week.), and I have begun this process with the teachers in K through 6 this year. Next, we hope to create performance assessments and rubrics for each lesson we created with examples of actual student work. All of this is to be published. I attend local curriculum meetings, administrative meetings, conferences and the like. I am teaching this class (<I>In Sea!
!
!
rch of the Novel</I> ) for staff development, presenting at conferences, and planning summer programs...I am a busy person...<BR>
     Reading Clubs help to intice the students to read independently...some of the teachers have charts in their rooms so that the student's progress is visible...if the students know that this is a requirement, they seem to be willing to comply, busy or not...<BR>
     Hope that I have helped you,<BR>
     Andrea Martine<BR>
     Beaver Area High School<BR>
     Beaver, PA <BR>
       <BR>
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> From: schober@platteville.k12.wi.us (Cheryl A. Schober)<BR>
> To: martinea@basd.k12.pa.us <BR>
> Subject: Re(2): Question <BR>
> Date: Mon, 03 Apr 2000 12:35:33 -0500 <BR>
> <BR>
> Andrea,<BR>
> What age level do you teach? I think the 25 independent reading books<BR>
> requirement is a wonderful idea, but I know that at the high school level,<BR>
> this is almost impossible for many due to the hectic schedules of teens<BR>
> who are involved with extra-curricular activities and work. Is there an<BR>
> age range for this reading requirement?<BR>
> Cheryl<BR>
> <BR>
> martinea@basd.k12.pa.us writes:<BR>
> >Betsy,<BR>
> > That is why the state of PA has initiated the 25 Independent Reading<BR>
> >Books requirement per year for students, for enjoyment. The students may<BR>
> >make their own choices of what to read, and then, just read for pleasure. <BR>
> >Many read far more than the 25 required books, while others just miss the<BR>
> >mark, but the idea is that everyone is trying!!! <BR>
> > Don't forget that in an English class, text analysis is the part of<BR>
> >our<BR>
> >job that we were educated to do (Secretly, most of us live for this<BR>
> >teaching<BR>
> >moment!). English teachers love/enjoy doing this, but today,we have to<BR>
> >find<BR>
> >more unique and better ways to do this, because every student sitting<BR>
> >before<BR>
> >us is not also an English Major! (That point is difficult for some of us<BR>
> >to<BR>
> >grasp!) Our students live in the fast paced world of technology. They<BR>
> >have<BR>
> >all of the information that they need sometimes in an instant. All<BR>
> >teachers<BR>
> >are competing in the year 2000 with the way technology (media) has changed<BR>
> >everyone's life.<BR>
> > One of the teachers, who responded here in this forum, said that when<BR>
> >she was fresh from college, she loved to analyze texts with her students. <BR>
> >Today, after 22 years, she does the lesson quite differently. Who is to<BR>
> >decide which way is better?<BR>
> > It's not that we are robbing the students of information, it is that<BR>
> >they are the focus of our lessons, not us, as we were in the past. Then,<BR>
> >the teacher had to produce, and most days the students were quite passive<BR>
> >as<BR>
> >learners. Today, the excitement of teaching comes from the students<BR>
> >passion<BR>
> >for inquiry, solving problems, relating the lessons of the past to the<BR>
> >problems of the day; etc. Teaching is so much more alive and valuable to<BR>
> >our students because of this shift. Students are creating learning<BR>
> >communities for their classes in every subject. There are many examples<BR>
> >of<BR>
> >this practice shown in the VCR tapes we are watching. It is thrilling for<BR>
> >me to have the students "take off" when they are finally "hooked" on a<BR>
> >reading and make their own meanings of the messages of the text with<BR>
> >adequate support from the text, of course. (A part of that "old" English<BR>
> >teacher Philosophy just won't disappear!!)<BR>
> > Hope this gives you some "food for thought" on our teaching lives. <BR>
> >Most of us are similar in procedures. Your boys might also enjoy a<BR>
> >wonderful book entitled, Toad by Ruth Brown, since you are a science<BR>
> >teacher. The illustrations are breathtaking and full of some playful<BR>
> >mystery.<BR>
> ><BR>
> >Andrea Martine <BR>
> <BR>
<BR>
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