Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Calling All Scott Foreman Reading Street Experts!
I have a job interview tomorrow (vying for a spot in a K, 1st, or 3rd grade classroom in a new district), and I'm trying to be as informed as I can be going into it. I've done a little research, and I know that they use Reading Street for their core program in Language Arts. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you use it in your classroom. I have been teaching without a core program for five years, and aside from field work in college, I've never used a basal, except to give my students access to the same book whenever I want them to read something like Owl Moon. I've always done a Reader's Workshop format, and I've always created book bundles myself to teach skills/strategies. This has been extremely time-consuming since I always create units from scratch, and it can be difficult to ensure that I'm always hitting vocabulary, phonics, comprehension, fluency, etc. I love the idea of having a core curriculum to guide my planning and assessing, but I've never really had that! So...I'm interested in hearing how you have blended Reader's Workshop and basals in your classroom. Have you used the Daily 5 with basals with success? Any tips? Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)