Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #42
Here is a blog post with a title that I just couldn’t resist clicking on: 9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us by one of my favorite people in education, Will Richardson.
Elephant #6 – We know that curriculum is just a guess.
This is true for us in how we use Collections now. It is structured and almost “teacher-proof” in that it gives us everything we need so we don’t have to pull in any outside resources.
Yet, when I took the Collections test, I did miserably on it . . . for someone who earned their masters degree in English! Much of it was a guess.
In fact, this summer I read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. The last chapter from that book, entitled “Marita’s Bargain,” was actually in the senior Collections textbook. As I read it again, some of the guided reading questions popped into my mind.
And I realized they were ridiculous. I don’t think I’m being egotistical by saying that I’m a skilled reader. Yet, I didn’t read any of that chapter for any of the things Collections assessed our kids for or thought they should note.