My school is making the big shift to a basal this year. I have NEVER used one and I am a little bit excited/intrigued/terrified. I am excited to have a guide, but I’m afraid of feeling blocked in. On the first day that I had access to my classroom, I was reminded of the PALLETS ON PALLETS ON PALLETS that we unloaded with all of our Wonders materials. Are we going to feel suffocated? Continue reading
As primary educators, we know that our students need a TON of direct instruction in phonics, comprehension, grammar, writing, and even collaborative conversations. Being able to do all of this while also integrating direct instruction in Science, Social Studies, differentiated Guided Reading groups, and implementing necessary 21st Century skills can be a lot to manage. These, along with others, are the reasons for why my district chose to adopt the McGraw Hill Wonders Reading program for this school year. In this blog post, you’ll read a little about my initial reaction to our training as well as some questions for you to consider when planning out your year.