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Where are the resources going? Are they going into programs or into the people who are teaching? What benefits our students more? Better programs or better teachers? I'm just overflowing with questions this morning, aren't I? I imagine we've all seen a little bit of both throughout our careers and maybe more of one than the other. From personal experience, I know that the learning in my classroom improves the most when my pedagogy changes, not when a program arrives at my doorstep all sweetly wrapped up like it's a gift I'll be forever grateful for.
I have the perfect example. The mathematicians coming out of my room the past few years are so much more prepared for the world of numbers than they've ever been before. I can't thank a math book for that. I have the State of Idaho to thank, because someone in the upper echelons decided that our math teachers needed to be better math teachers, and that wasn't going to happen by handing them a new teacher's manual. After many hours of classes and even more hours of collaborating with colleagues, I am that better math teacher. The resources obviously went into the right place this time. Nicely done Idaho. Thanks for resisting the urge to buy me a math book. (Don't tell, but it would have collected dust in my room anyway.)
If you've been reading my Saturday Sayings for any length of time, you know that I can hardly resist the chance to show off thoughts by Regie Routman. I want to grow up to be like her.
"Outstanding teachers analyze situations, know the research, rely on their heart and spirit as well as experience and professional knowledge, and make wise instructional decisions for their students. Such teachers do not discard what they know when a new mandate or program comes along. They find ways to ensure that their students are successful." Regie Routman, Writing Essentials 274.
Lastly, I was thrilled when Barb from Grade ONEderful asked if she could join me today. Use the link below to check out her own Saturday Sayings, and let her know you dropped by. I'll be heading over there soon!