Filed under reading: Book Review: Overcoming Textbook Fatigue
by Joan Nash Comer
When I was asked to read and review Overcoming Textbook Fatigue (ASCD, 2012) by ReLeah Cossett Lent, my first thought was Oh my stars! What perfect timing! I was in the midst of my own textbook fatigue in early winter, as a 6th grade reading teacher at Columbia Elementary School in Madison, Alabama.
My second thought was Oh my stars! When will I ever have time to do this?!
However, when I began to read the author's well-crafted and insightful content, it was immediately obviou...
Reflections on a Teaching Life
As the new school year begins, we're pleased to share this reflection on teaching by Georgina P. Nelson, ABPC's Director of Professional Learning during 2011-12. Georgina (the mother of toddler twins!) is moving into school administration this fall, serving as assistant principal for Madison Elementary in the Madison City Schools. During the past year, Georgina's insights, vitality, and passion for the work energized us and we know she will energize the teachers and students in her new school as...
Hearts & Minds: How We Teach Reading
by Caroline NovakPresident, A+ Education Partnership
If non-fiction speaks to the mind, literature speaks to the heart, as a teacher's story published recently in the New York Times so well demonstrates. Some of her observations are important for Alabama, as we take new steps to accelerate real learning in our classrooms, bring more balance to assessment and accountability, and increase our educators' capacity to lead students to higher levels of thinking and understanding.
Claire Hollander e...
Two Mobile Schools That “Elevate the Essentials”
by Cathy GassenheimerWhat is essential for schools? Three simple things: reasonably coherent curriculum (what we teach); sound lessons (how we teach); and far more purposeful reading and writing in every discipline, or authentic literacy (integral to both what and how we teach). But as numerous studies demonstrate, these three essential elements are only rarely implemented; every credible study confirms that they are still pushed aside by various initiatives, every year, in the majority of schoo...
Teacher effectiveness to be revisited May 27
Education News in Alabama for May 17, 2010
At its May 13 meeting, the board considered 2 resolutions to improve student learning. One would connect multiple measures of student achievement with educator evaluation systems.