professornana (professornana) wrote,

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

So, there is this: While it is too little, too late, at least here is more grist for the mill so to speak. I only wish (and I know that if wishes were horses, beggars would ride) that folks had pulled back the curtain before now.

I had the chance to speak to some teachers from other states, CCSS states recently. They were surprised at my vehement tone about what I thought was wrong with CCSS. As I began to talk about ONE aspect, though, I could see them considering what they might have missed as they were handed the CCSS and told to make it happen. All I focused on in this discussion with a small group was the area of informational texts. I spoke of the things I have been writing about with my colleague Ernie Cox and writing about myself here on the blog and in (I hope) forthcoming articles I have submitted to a couple of journals.

I wish had the time, more time, to write about flaws in CCSS. There is still thhe belief out there that it is here to stay no matter how flawed it is. I lament that we will spend even one more day and one more dollar implementing something so flawed especially in locales where it is being implemented in lock-step fashion. Now there are data bases of lesson plans that teachers can download and use: no need to think, just copy and paste and follow the directions. That is the difference between a cook and a chef. A cook can follow the directions, measure ingredients, and prepare the food. A chef creates the meal, adding and subtracting and substituting. Good teachers are not cooks; they are chefs. They nourish the body, mind, spirit, and soul. There is no scripted curriculum tat can accomplish that.

As I write this entry, I am in Chicago (for the second time this week) for the ALA conference. I will listen to librarians and teachers and authors talk about books and reading. This is my nourishing time. I hope you find some time for nourishment this summer. Think of all te wonderful nourishment you will be able to provide your students when schoool resumes in the fall.
Tags: books, chefs, nourishment, reading

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