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    By J.Elaine

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    :s) Hello, Everybody!

    I've read and studied Guided Readers and Writers by Fountas and Pennell. I've read and studied Stephanie Harvey on Strategies that Work and Nonfiction Matters. I've read Susan Zimmermann's Mosaic of Thought and Lucy Calkins on The Art of Teaching Reading and Nancie Atwell's In the Middle and Stephanie Tovani's I Read It, But I Don't Get It and Do I Really Have to Teach Reading and Make it Real by Linda Hoyt and Regie Routman's Reading Essentials . . . and so on and so on . . .

    :confused: So what's my point? I regard all these highly qualified authors with respect and consider them experts in the field of literacy. None of them write about or recommend using basals. I think of their books as guides to best practice, and not so long ago I'd have said, "I"ll never use a basal! But guess what? Next year my district is adopting anthologies (We can't call them basals because of the negative connotation, but they ARE basals!) I am hoping to use them the way some of you are using yours along with literature studies, independent reading, etc. But I am afraid our administrators, who say they are looking for continuity and consistency, will mandate their exclusive use.:(

    Now having said all that, I hope no one who uses basals successfully will think I am saying one way is better than the other OR one way is the only way. We are all unique with different personalities and teaching styles. Is it wrong to think we might just prefer to teach in different ways? As long as we are meeting our curriculum objectives and state/national standards, why do can't we choose what works best for us and for our students? :confused:

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