Standards: Who writes this stuff?!

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Standards: Who writes this stuff?!
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Sat, 02-27-2010 - 9:01pm

I know that these days, teachers are supposed to teach to the state/provincial standards by law.

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Sat, 02-27-2010 - 10:02pm

I'm not sure about Ontario, but here the state academic standards are written and revised by classroom teachers. We have teams chosen from schools throughout the state who work on the revisions in cycles. The originals were done the same way. Our state standards have won national awards from groups who

Sherry

 

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Sat, 02-27-2010 - 10:16pm

Beth: What do you think of these standards?

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Sun, 02-28-2010 - 10:27am
As a librarian responsible for buying materials that support all the curricula in the school, I have seen standards for most of the major content areas and they seem reasonable. The problem with my own standards in information literacy is that they exist, but there is no way they can be taught in the current way most library programs exist in my state. They are paid lip service. Since NCLB, it's all about math and language arts, leaving very little time for anything else.
I'm not familiar with the music standards in my state at all, but I can see what you are saying. If students really don't have any background because there is no attention given to music in the lower grades,than how can they build the skills they need for the older ones?
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Sun, 02-28-2010 - 11:14am

Have you ever approached information literacy with a framework such as the Big6 integrated into the core curriculum? I think it fits well with Information Power and it can be reinforced easily in the classroom because it's

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Sun, 02-28-2010 - 3:00pm

Sherry, those weren't too bad.

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Sun, 02-28-2010 - 5:12pm

Yes, the IU School of Music is pretty good. Funny though, I personally

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Sun, 02-28-2010 - 8:15pm

Yes, in my former district we were making inroads with the Big6. I taught a lot of professional development sessions for the staff on the Big6. I had a great asst supt. in that district and she was in charge of the libraries and a big supporter. Unfortunately I was RIFfed from that position.
We don't do the Big6 in my current district. My speaking my mind about how we do info lit skills here is probably why I lost my job. I proposed something like what you are talking about, pointing out that teaching skills in isolation goes against everything written in the professional literature. In my district, there is no room for dissent or pointing out the errors of the administration. It's like working for a dictatorship. I don't know if I mentioned it in any of my previous posts, but our union brought a suit against the administration to the state labor board because they are so awful. The first court date was Wednesday. The case will continue late next month when the labor board has its next free date.

And thanks for asking, but there are no jobs out there now in public schools, public libraries, academic libraries or special libraries. It's awful! I hope the job market opens up. Luckily I'm collecting a paycheck until mid-August.

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Mon, 03-01-2010 - 10:32am

I know the jobs in education

Sherry