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Lynnderella
 
 
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Arkansas Loves Lucy...
Old 10-31-2008, 07:11 PM
 
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...well, maybe not all of Arkansas, but certainly the teachers who have been fortunate enough to attend LC's summer institute(s). This is our second year of implementation (the first year we really didn't give it a chance). I've worked with both the primary and the upper units of study. Upper grade teachers found it very difficult to keep up with the reading/studying/planning because the sessions in those units are extensive. In fact, each session has about three lessons in it! To tackle this big problem, here is what we are doing this year: Each teacher takes one session and condenses it onto a Calkins' lesson plan sheet. On another page, we add notes regarding suggestions Lucy makes, other lessons that can be taught at mid-workshop or on another day, what a corresponding chart might look like, etc. By sharing the load, everyone is reading/studying that wonderful explicit language Lucy uses, but we aren't reading every word in every session in every unit. Of course, we use our own personal stories and modify lessons according to our students' needs, but it seems to be working. We know that the best thing would be for us to read every session ourselves, but this is the next best thing when we are crunched for time. We send the lessons via email so we can make changes. Our students take WW very seriously; we've noticed that they are respectful, thoughtful, and surprisingly helpful in their partnerships, and Lucy's style of conferring moves each student in a way that is positive and non-threatening. Of course, some teachers are more enthusiastic than others, but everyone is working hard to give it a fair shot this year. Good luck!
 
 

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