There's a new sheriff in town...

Well, really, there's just a new class in town--a very structured reading class. I have been asked to use the program (created by my district) to teach my class of "lower" readers. Now, I think that their CST scores will show an improvement that will bump them right out of this category, but I am going along until that does or does not happen.

One of the key components of the program is "flexible" grouping. These groups (three of them) are all supposed to be running simultaneously with one working on SRAs (anyone remember those? I missed them growing up, and they were certainly NOT in when I got my credential), specific reading skills (guided reading), or SSR. I, of course, have changed this all around--so we'll see how that goes.

I'm not sure if I just am ornery, or whether my gut feeling about this program is correct. Any program that "locks" a teacher in, in my opinion, is really not teaching at all--but I understand the struggles that admin and new/struggling teachers go through to teach groups like this. I don't know how to fix the issue, but I'll be keeping an eye on this program, I think.