|Miss Nancy of Romper Room|
Your pendulum swings with such force from one "fresh" ideology to another but the only things that are new again are the superficial wrapping and arbitrary labels.
This past go 'round was particularly ugly. The last few years have been virtually joyless, abusive and heartbreaking for teachers. Thankfully, that is changing. At least in my little corner of the world.
Our school is returning to the Teachers College Columbia University Reading and Writing Project for literacy development. Their curriculum actually teaches children how to read and write in a developmentally appropriate manner.
It is such a pleasure to receive educational guidance from folks who know how children learn. This is a great departure from curricula developed by test makers posing as educators. We'll be dealing with the damage they caused for many, many years (I am looking at you Pearson!)
The one drawback is the way the literacy coaches from the Reading and Writing Project teach and interact with students. They all seem to be emulating the over-the-top style of 1960s Romper Room television hosts welcoming children or peering through the Magic Mirror.
I am not sure why the coaches all seem programmed with a robotic Stepford Wives computer chip of congeniality but I'll take maniacal smiles over disapproving scowls any day.
Don't be surprised if you walk by my room one day and catch me muttering,
Romper, stomper, bomper boo.
Tell me, tell me, tell me, do.
Magic Mirror, tell me today,
Did all my friends have fun at play?