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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Re(2): Question - Response for c. schober

From: Cheryl A. Schober (schober@platteville.k12.wi.us)
Date: Fri Apr 07 2000 - 12:04:54 EDT


Andrea,
And I thought I was a busy person! I'm quite impressed by all that you
have going on and your ability to manage it all.

Thanks for the clarification on the reading requirements. One quick
question: what if a student doesn't meet the reading requirements for a
year?

Thanks again!
Cheryl

martinea@basd.k12.pa.us writes:
>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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