[MOSAIC] teaching the book vs. teaching the reader

Ambrose, Kathleen kambrose at hbschools.us
Mon Sep 20 15:15:20 EDT 2010

Thanks Keith- the original question posed was regarding a very specific reading product - READ 180 by Scholastic.  while it is a good program I am seeking to find colleagues who are also implementing the program and strategies that they are using to implement and/or enhance the program.  It is very perscribed; but many districts implement it without regard to the time frame recommended by Scholastic. 
If anyone is interested in continuing a discussion about READ 180 and doesn't wish to share on the list, then please email me directly.  Thanks, Kathleen
kambrose at hbschools.us

Kathleen Ambrose
Reading Specialist
Hampton Bays Middle School
From: mosaic-bounces+kambrose=hbschools.us at literacyworkshop.org [mosaic-bounces+kambrose=hbschools.us at literacyworkshop.org] On Behalf Of Keith Mack [kmack at literacyworkshop.org]
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Subject: Re: [MOSAIC] teaching the book vs. teaching the reader

I can tell that there are multiple, strong opinions on a variety issues
regarding instruction and practice and this is a good thing. I just want to
make sure that our members keep posts focused on methods and not personal

I think that this conversation is valuable so please keep your opinions
professional and respectful. I don't think any of us can assume to know the
one "best" way to teach and reach the broad group of students in any give

As an 8th grade LA/Reading teacher I found that certain kids benefited more
from certain teaching styles and environments. A student that struggled with
my (ahem) expert teaching went on to flourish when we switched the student
to another teacher's classroom. I didn't take this as a rejection of my
teaching, but on better meeting the needs of a particular student.

When we are on emergency moderation, I only see the first sentence or two of
a post. This is helpful to me time-wise as I can quickly determine if a post
is legitimate and not spam or something that should be sent to a person and
not the entire membership.

So please, post and *support* your opinions on professional practice and not
a person. There is great value in respectful discussion.

I have just rejected a couple messages that seemed a bit inflammatory and
personal. I don't claim to catch every inappropriate message. Be kind,
respectful and thoughtful and please let me put away my moderation Nazi hat.

I am going to lean towards extreme caution while this thread is active.


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