Monday, April 6, 2009

Which textbook do you think would be the best selection for USD #397?

10 comments:

  1. Great idea for holding a "meeting" about an important issue when a meeting is nearly impossible with all the other demands. I hope everyone will share their insights about the textbook options! Nadine

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  2. I personally liked the Scott Foresman Reading selection. I just felt is was more user friendly. I also felt like the ladies presenting answered and explain topics a lot better. The SRA seemed more intense to me. The pro for both is that there are schools using both that we can always refer to with questions.

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  3. I meant to write EXPLAINED! oops

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  4. Thanks for your comments, Megan!

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  5. Either one but, I guess if I need to choose Scott Foresman would be my pick. It would be nice to have either one in preschool. Is that something we could afford?
    Briana

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  6. I liked the Scott Foresman series. The selections seem more interesting. I liked the writing instruction pieces as well....how they had pieces that built up to a cumulative piece of writing that coincided with the 6 week unit assessments. Thought the small group plans were easier to grasp.

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  7. Thanks, Tana, for sharing your insight. Nadine

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  8. I felt the Scott Foresman resources were great! I don't know whether it was the difference in presenters, or the actual difference in the resources, but I felt the Scott Foresman material really was geared toward MTSS as we are trying to have it structured. In a perfect situation we would have the intervention materials coordinate with the reg. ed. classroom materials.

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  9. I liked the emphasis on reading practice and skill practice with the intervention piece.

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  10. I'm going to be more specific with my "like" for the Scott Foresman series. But first an important question---Is the purchase of the curriculum going to include the complete set of the intensive reading intervention materials My Sidewalks? If we are going to teach the curriculum with fidelity, we would be hard pressed to find anything more compatible.
    In looking over an actual lesson from the intervention material, it is scripted with suggested amounts of time. This will help keep the teacher on task. I think it has a generous amount of the student reading and rereading. The students benefit greatly from this. There is an emphasis on developing vocabulary through looking at word meaning by looking for meaningful parts of words (prefixes, suffixes, roots). Each day there is a writing task. There are suggestions for exiting a student from this material (it is suggested to do this at midyear and at the end of the year). It is great that a student in the intervention material will have the opportunity to read 4 different selections during the week. This may be what sparks an interest in reading for some student. This looks really good.

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