Friday, May 25, 2012
Signs that the publisher didn't work with real children
Back in December I complained in a post that the publisher of literacy materials must not have used them with real children. Last week I had more evidence of this.
I am giving my students Running Records with a kit from the new materials. The selections I am supposed to have them read come from the middle of chapters -- out of context from the whole. One frustrated student asked, "Why can't we start at the beginning? Are they trying to hide something from us?" I laughed.
I want to see how my students behave as readers when I assess them. When we give them a section of text disconnected from real reading, I don't think our results are accurate. Just saying....