If you have’t read Mike Schmoker’s landmark article, “The Crayola Curriculum” you must take 5 minutes to do it right now.
This article should serve as a call to action for everyone who works in an elementary school. Reading, writing, and discussion must become the primary activities of our primary schools. Not mind numbing worksheets, coloring activities and cut-and-paste.
The article starts like this. . .
“We may have the reading crisis all wrong. It may have far less to do with the “reading wars” than we presumed. I am convinced that the following explanation is, without doubt, the least recognized but most salient explanation for why there is a reading gap between rich and poor, for why so many kids reach upper-elementary and middle school with less than even minimal ability to read and make sense of text. The explanation is both simple and shocking. But the evidence for it is compelling. Best of all, this explanation holds out enormous hope for dramatic, near-term improvements at every level of education.” Read on.
Go bravely, dear teacher. Read the entire article. Your kids are counting on you!
Schmoker, M. (2001, October 24). Published Articles by Dr. Mike Schmoker – The ˜Crayola Curriculum”- Education Week. Mike Schmoker – School and District Improvement, Assessment, Curriculum and Staff Development. Retrieved May 2, 2013, from http://mikeschmoker.com/crayola-curriculum.html