I have always thought judging Pre-K and K students only on their ability (or inability) to read letters and words was short-sighted. I remember the 2nd grade student who told me: Miss Ra-ra I can't read. (Yes, Miss Ra-ra because Ferrara was a mouthful for some students.) I showed him a picture of a cereal … Continue reading What Do We Read Beyond Words?
Some book characters stick with a person for years. I wish I could tell you mine was a lofty, well-known Emma, Jane, or Beth and Amy Jo, or even Dorothy. No. The character who has haunted me since my days of student teaching, who still torments me, is Flossie the Flamingo. Flossie was a character … Continue reading What Do Standardized Tests Really Measure?