Sunday, November 21, 2010

We need more practice

I am enjoying my break and trying to finish a long to-do list. One of the things that I have been thinking about is how prepared my class is for the reading TAKS test. Since the school district has adopted a new reading textbook, we have followed its program. The problem is that the usual way that we taught reading comprehension has taken a backseat to the stories in the textbook. I know my class is nowhere near my previous classes in their reading comprehension due to this. We have time till the TAKS test but it is going to be a lot of work. The class had a reading passage last week and one of the questions on it asked about how a school was different from a pod. The whole article was talking about whales. One student wrote," We go in a bilding and the sea creaters stay in a group." Another wrote," A school is on land." Yeah, that ain't the answer.