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#SOL19: Day 12 SOLSC


“Here’s my proposal.”

“I can work with all 22 students (remembering that 18 is my limit), between 8 and 12:30.

I will need to make plans for days with staffings when parents can only attend with

afternoons, but everything else works. This will help me be a better teacher. It’s more

specific than my special ed. training.”

My palms were sweaty. I felt like I was begging.

Truth be told, I was.  This was the opportunity of my professional lifetime.

I could see the answer in his eyes.  Mr. “By the Book” Administrator.

“I’m sorry but the master contract just won’t allow it.”

I pulled the contract out of my drawer where it had been waiting.  “Please show me

where it says that it’s not allowed.”

His expression tightened.  He stepped back. “If we let you do this, then we will have

to let everyone else do this.”

I snorted in disbelief.  “Who else would offer to do a full day’s work in a half day and

then spend the rest of the day in training, to be a better teacher at no cost to you, except

for the release time?”

He shook his head, rapped his knuckles on my desk, turned and left without another

word. In his mind, the conversation was over. His decision was final. Two administrators

later, the district paid thousands of dollars for training, materials, and release time for

multiple teachers to undertake that same training. Training that I had offered to

undertake on my own.  Training that was refused on the basis that “everyone would

want to do it.”

Have you guessed the training that I was refused? 

(Continue Reading)

What clues are you using for your inference as the training was not explicitly named?

(And how do you teach inferences?)




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this daily March forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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Yes, that was Reading Recovery training.

Information here.

“Of 153 programs reviewed by What Works Clearinghouse, only one had strong evidence that it improved reading achievement –  – Reading Recovery.”

  • WWC 2007, Richard Allington 2013

I was a Reading Recovery teacher “wannabe” who was willing to do a full day’s work, plus the training, and on my own dime!

And now you know the rest of the story!

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