Here is what we will be using this year at my new school. Almost all of it is new to me. I’m posting this because I would like to know your (teachers) thoughts about them!
First up is Lucy Calkins. To be honest, I haven’t heard anything good about her and her programs BUT I am going to see for myself. We are doing the Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop Units of Study. I haven’t quite seen any differences between her workshops and the Readers Workshops by Fountas and Pinnell. (which I think is MUCH easier to read)
Next up is Words Their Way. I used this last year in my 4th grade classroom. Although, I didn’t have the main book (the picture below) and this book is SO helpful!I am excited to implement this again but have a better understanding of the program.
This year, Arkansas will be implementing Common Core Standards in grades 3-5. The district that I am in started implementing CGI Math in the past year or so. Basically, this math is based on questioning and exploration. The teacher does not give strategies, only asks questions to further students’ thinking. The students use manipulatives to find different ways to solve the problems given. I’m excited to start this!
So, what programs do you use? Any of these? Any advice?!