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Saturday has arrived early on my blog this week since I'm participating in a blog swap tomorrow. Saturday Sayings are near and dear to my heart though, so I had to fit this in.
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That's what it says. What does it mean? To me it means that the learning that takes place at school, whether reading, writing, math, etc., should mirror the learning that takes place in real life. As much as possible, they should be one and the same. We could probably make a list of things we ask readers to do in the classroom that we would never expect them to do in real life. How about this example?
"How many adult readers would choose to read if they had to take a multiple-choice test for every book they finished?" Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer 131
(If you're interested in reading what one school is doing instead of computerized reading quizzes, a.k.a. AR, read Lori's post at Conversations in Literacy. It's a good one!)
I'm just simply reminded that I need to keep a watchful eye on the kinds of things I ask of my readers, writers, and mathematicians. I hope I can set up my classroom in a way that prepares them for lifetime thinking instead of only 12 years of school thinking. Here's Regie's thought on the matter.
"Is this a practice that occurs in the real world? If it's just a school thing, we need to question the practice." Regie Routman, Teaching Essentials 39
I've got great news before you leave. Tammy from First Grade at Storybook Cafe is joining me today for her own Saturday Sayings. Ready to be inspired? Head on over and enjoy her thoughts. I'm on my way.