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Old 04-22-2009, 07:03 PM
 
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In your message you mentioned phonics--phonics should be taught during balanced literacy instruction and should only take about 20 percent of the time, depending upon grade level. Lucy Calkins is all about authentic reading and writing, which should also be a component of your Balanced Reading Program. Although, I know that there are many wonderful writing teachers in the educational field, I have not seen too many. Most shy away and sometimes even choose not to teach writing. If there are young teachers coming to bring you innovative ways to motivate your students to learn to write then welcome them with open arms, we all can learn a thing or two and it won't hurt for others to model for your students. When you are stuck in a classroom of four walls, desks and no collaboration then it is time to bring in the troops. More teachers need to go back to school to receive their Masters in Reading, so they can be considered experts with a certificate. Going back for classes, attending PD's and conferences and collaborating with other coaches has developed my skills as a Reading Coach--we need Reading Specialist/Coaches in school--when we don't then we will have met our goal 100% graduation rate with all of our students exceeding state standards.
 
 

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