Teaching Reading and Writing Skills

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    As I become more familiar with the new standards, I’m finding that the standards appear to have taken a step back from teaching reading and writing as a strong connection to classroom instructional goals. The standards strongly connect with inquiry and research – but, seem to not necessarily explicitly state that we are responsible for teaching reading or writing. This concerns me a bit. I liked how our crosswalks connected rather explicitly to the Common Core Standards, and I’m not sure that I see the same strong connections written in our new standards. On page 13, for example, it states, “4. Reading is the core of personal and academic competency.” Our role, “supports, supplements and elevates learners’ literacy experiences by guiding them and involving them in motivational reading initiatives – Uses story and personal narrative to engage learners; and has up-to-date technology and digital and print materials….” We take the lead in organizing and promoting literacy projects and events that encourage lifelong learners and readers”…. Is that it?! Please, please forgive me but this is exactly how NOT to be seen as a teacher in the building. What has happened to our skills and benchmarks? For example – 2.1.6 Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings. Or, 4.1.2 – Read widely and fluently to make connections with self, the world, and previous reading. – and especially all the corresponding benchmarks that really got down to the basics of teaching the standards? I’m worried. Is there more coming that will flesh out the standards with much more detail and stronger connections to teaching – especially in a way that will help us connect to classroom instruction?

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