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Scholastic.com for Librarians | Readers Theater: Teach Reading By Putting On a Play

Scholastic.com for Librarians | Readers Theater: Teach Reading By Putting On a Play | Reading | Scoop.it
Readers Theater or RT for short can dramatically improve kids' fluency, writing, listening, and social skills. It's the perfect activity for a library setting.
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I LOVE using reader's theater in my classroom!

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Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests: 'It takes the joy out of learning' - TODAY.com

Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests: 'It takes the joy out of learning' - TODAY.com | Reading | Scoop.it

A teacher in Massachusetts who has spent more than a quarter century in the classroom is drawing attention after she quit her job over her growing frustration with the school system’s emphasis on standardized testing.

 

Because of “so many things that pulled me away from the classroom and fractured my time with the children,” kindergarten teacher Susan Sluyter quit last month. 

“It takes the joy out of learning for the children," she told TODAY. "It takes the joy out of teaching.”


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Patrice McDonough's curator insight, April 1, 2014 10:32 PM

Unfortunately this is the style of learning in China, where my teachers come from.   I have been told to take the fun out of the learning to concentrate on giving only useful information.  It has taken the joy out of my teaching...or can I be subversive???  

Aunty Alice's curator insight, April 6, 2014 3:25 PM

Have a very similar mindset but short of opening one's own school we are stuck with it. I have just published a book leading teachers to the more fertile ground for real progress, in literacy acquisition,  of analysing student work, giving them an authentic voice, and goal setting.  It puts listening and speaking at the centre.

Dr. Richard NeSmith's curator insight, April 6, 2014 7:28 PM

Will we ever learn in America? uhmmm...that is a rhetorical question, btw.   ;-)