Time to get back to "Thinking About Thinking,"and chapter 2 of Moasic of Thought.
As a teacher I want to lead my students toward loving to read. What an ambitious statement. If I break it down, what does it mean?
Years ago I was a special education teacher. I took many hours of training in how to teach children to read. I mean, decode. As I spoke with other sped teachers we all agreed on one thing. Teaching children to decode was easy (relatively), but when it came to teaching them how to comprehend we were all wondering how.
Now I'm a first grade teacher. Decoding is fun, exciting, rewarding. Comprehension is what, how, when? So the same questions.
I also work in a district that has not had a basal for 15 or so years. Many of us have been crying this past year, just give us a basal and we will be happy. But that is not in the plan--at least until something is really Common Core aligned.
If we have a basal, will we be able to get the kids to read (and comprehend)? That is what a majority of us thought would happen.
But now I have my own questions about a basal series. The basal will not make me a better teacher. The basal will give me a false sense of security. I need Professional Development in comprehension instruction. I need to know my students and what they need. I need to immerse myself in comprehension lesson design.
The good news is that I think I am on the right track. I have my group of core teachers that will wrestle with comprehension with me and a plan for next year.