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AAARGH!! Your message set off a cord in me... It is SUCH a paradox when you have these people who are supposed reading specialists who have blinders on and don't trust teachers who are bettering themselves by reading and constantly learning. Just because every class is doing the same thing does NOT mean everyone is learning. Schools only choose basals because they don't want to jump into the nitty-gritty, messy work of studying and going on the journey-- because that's TRULY what it is-- of setting out to deliver the most meaningful, authentic reading instruction that we can.
Our school is the exact same way-- in ours it's the reading specialists as well as administration that haven't read the current stuff. I constantly have to do things with my door closed, and I'm SICK OF IT!!
The only things that keep me going are: my students and their amazing abilities to learn and grow and teachers like you who are in there with me not excepting the _______ that we're handed.
It kind of felt good to get that off my back-- I don't know why I decided to vent now... hope you know it's not directed at you or your school. Just big-picture all-over stuff!
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