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27 April 2014 @ 03:28 pm
Time I will NEVER get back  
I was reading a post about narrowing thematic units down to narrow reading units. I wanted to know more about the author of the post, so I searched for some other things the author had done, written etc. I landed here: http://vimeo.com/59314153. In this nearly 15 minute video, the academic word (this is part of CCSS) PERSUADE is covered in great detail that includes, repeating after the instructor the word and the sentences in which the word is used on the worksheet. The worksheet is part of a HUGE packet of materials (she tells everyone to turn to page 30, so I know it is longer than that; AND she asks "partners" to check and make sure the other person has turned to the right page). Watch this only if you have a strong stomach, folks. Now, I know I am not as educated in the particulars of CCSS, but I do know that in the time this video takes, I can read a picture book in which a character persuades or CONVINCES someone to do something (the meaning of the word). I can have kids discuss times they have done the same. I can move on to propaganda techniques used by advertisers, too. I wonder, then, what else I could accomplish without this obviously scripted lesson taking up valuable class time?

I have seen this happen before. When the Hunter method of lesson planning and presenting became "hot," we all practiced having kids give us thumbs up and down. When we adopted a Socratic method for working with GT kids, it came with a script. Ditto Innerchange/Magic Circle, etc. The advantage of having been in education a long time is that I know to toss the script, use the parts that will work for me, and teach naturally. But this, my friends, is so scary. Does CCSS stand for Curricular Cacophany via Stefprd Scripting?
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Sherry BorgrenSherryTeach on April 29th, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
Scripted lessons
This reminds me of the Read 180 training I had to sit through. And some of the teachers expressed frustration that their students wouldn't read.