And to make it happen, we need to be looking for converts. I am sometimes uncomfortable when it comes to evangelization. But I do know that always preaching to the choir, while it might make me feel good to hear the AMEN chorus, is not enough. So, I find a way to move others to consider the UNprogram. When I taught in open concept classes, the other teachers in my “pod” were strong-armed by THEIR students who could see my kids reading silently on the floor, on beanbags, in tents of their own creations. Eventually, they caved and let their classes join mine in a daily silent reading time. Before long, the entire school had 15 minutes each and every day to read silently. And if you doubt how important this is, look at the research that indicates how much vocabulary and reading comprehension growth this simple act of providing TIME to read can gain.
So, reach out to someone who might be amenable to the UNprogram. Show this person how it can be achieved, how to “manage” it. Share your own results, talk about your own stumbling blocks and how you dealt with them. Give them ONE piece of the UNprogram to add to their class. Then suggest another piece and another as they are ready for it. The UNprogram does not have to be implemented all at once or in any particular order. It is flexible. It is teacher friendly. Help someone else to discover the UNprogram.
Tomorrow: all about analysis (and take a look at the first 4 letters of that word and see if that tells you why I have some issues with it).