Amy (comment #8),
While I am not in your situation, I have had so many teachers write to me on this blog about teaching in districts where they are required to use a basal and teach in a "one size fits all" environment. I am lucky to be in a district that supports the differentiated workshop approach to teaching reading and writing, but I completely understand your frustration. I totally agree with you that our job is to teach the standards in the best way that we can while meeting the needs of individual students. I hope you are able to keep teaching in the way that you know is best, regardless of what your colleagues may doing in their classrooms.
Are there other teachers in your district who are on the same page as you? If so, perhaps you can work together to make a change. I made sure that I was on our district reading committee when it came time to revise our outdated reading curriculum. Instead of purchasing a basal, my colleagues and I convinced our district that reading workshop was the best approach to take. Instead of spending thousands of dollars to purchase a new basal program, the district put the money toward teachers' classroom libraries!
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