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“Do a good turn daily”

Since: Sep 07

Tennessee

#1 Sep 19, 2007
Here we go. I'm starting this forum as a place to talk about our Marshall County Schools.

Here we may discuss everything from homework, to the dreaded reading program, and other school issues.

I understand this is an open forum and there is freedom of speech and all, but I would like to request that this forum not be used for personal attacks. I would like to see us stick to the issues at hand.

I missed the meeting about the reading program last night, as did some others. Did any of you get to go?
InTheDark

United States

#2 Sep 19, 2007
What meeting about the new reading program? Was this at a specific school or county wide?

Since: May 07

Nashville, TN

#3 Sep 19, 2007
Someone was looking for information last night (guess you read that). Why are they changing the programs already in place? Will the new one get better TCAP scores or something? My son did really well with the Accelerated Reader, he had it all thru elementary school, and the Math, too. I wonder what the teachers think about the old program and the new one?

“Through the eyes of a child”

Since: May 07

Lewisburg

#4 Sep 19, 2007
I know they have a reading "intervention" program in place at West Hills. The childern who are already sucessful readers have a slighty adjusted program. I believe this is based on T-CAP scores.
chapelhillbilly

Nolensville, TN

#5 Sep 19, 2007
They have started what is called Tier reading. I'm not sure what all it involves but I think it has been a nighmare for the teachers to try to incorporate. I know that they are put into several groups within the classroom instead of in rows and that they have centers that they rotate to. The teachers is with each small group at somepoint during the day. I think it is a good thing for some one on one help, but I'm not sure I agree that the other groups are on their own during that time. I loved the accelerated reading program. THey still offer it but it is not part of their reading grade anymore as it was in the past.

By the way, my children attend school in Chapel Hill but I think every school in the county is having the same program if I'm not mistaken.
Tennessee Tuxedo

United States

#6 Sep 19, 2007
maybe you should sign up, and learn how to spell
JudieDJ wrote:
I know they have a reading "intervention" program in place at West Hills. The childern who are already sucessful readers have a slighty adjusted program. I believe this is based on T-CAP scores.
plainoldbored

Columbia, TN

#7 Sep 19, 2007
Each school in the Marshall County system has incorporated the tier reading program.....however, Oak Grove has has in in practice for a few years already....
Tennessee Tuxedo

United States

#8 Sep 19, 2007
I learned to read on the butter system, either I learned to read or I butter, to be able to get a better paying job.

Since: May 07

Nashville, TN

#9 Sep 19, 2007
I learned to read with See Spot and Jane, Goodness that's been a long time.
Hummingbird

Troy, MI

#10 Sep 19, 2007
I don't understand how the teachers can get to everything during the day. It is my understanding that they spend the first 45 min doing nothing but this tier 1 reading. I believe they just started the tier 2 which is another 30 min. does anyone have a better understanding of this program. More details maybe.

“Do a good turn daily”

Since: Sep 07

Tennessee

#11 Sep 19, 2007
I know my son's teacher has stated that with the new reading program taking so much of the day, that she doesn't have a lot of time for the other subjects. Therefore, the homework load is worse than usual.

Not knowing this, I let my son play football this year. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are always late nights to get all the homework done.
notahillbilly

United States

#12 Sep 19, 2007
My Son was in Marshall County Schools for 10 years...his last year he played ball for the High School...he could hardly read in 10th grade...left high school, received help in reading, obtained GED..I am glad about any direction toward better reading...if the kids can not read, they can not do anything! Reading is the most important thing they can learn. My daughter attended Williamson County for 2 years...her reading, and grades were wonderful!

If you can not read, and comprehend what you are reading...every other thing you try to do is so much harder.

So, it takes more of the teachers time...that is what they are there for. That is what our taxes pay for.

Can you imagine what a simple sentanced math problem becomes to a kid who can not read, or understand it?...Math for them becomes a harder subject.

I do press my children to read EVERYDAY at home my part to enable that they are comprehending what they read...makes for much better students...and people!

Since: May 07

Nashville, TN

#13 Sep 19, 2007
I have always believe that reading was just this important, too! It does make everything else harder. I think, and this is my opinion, I guess it'll make someone mad, but if they quit trying to teach for the TCAP tests so they can get better scores, and worried more about what our kids actually learned...I know it has to be frustrating for the teachers, too.

Since: May 07

Nashville, TN

#14 Sep 19, 2007
notahillbilly wrote:
My Son was in Marshall County Schools for 10 years...his last year he played ball for the High School...he could hardly read in 10th grade...left high school, received help in reading, obtained GED..I am glad about any direction toward better reading...if the kids can not read, they can not do anything! Reading is the most important thing they can learn. My daughter attended Williamson County for 2 years...her reading, and grades were wonderful!
If you can not read, and comprehend what you are reading...every other thing you try to do is so much harder.
So, it takes more of the teachers time...that is what they are there for. That is what our taxes pay for.
Can you imagine what a simple sentanced math problem becomes to a kid who can not read, or understand it?...Math for them becomes a harder subject.
I do press my children to read EVERYDAY at home my part to enable that they are comprehending what they read...makes for much better students...and people!
I think getting a GED is harder than regular school, your son should be proud that he did it.
notahillbilly

United States

#15 Sep 19, 2007
wecandothis wrote:
<quoted text>I think getting a GED is harder than regular school, your son should be proud that he did it.
well, thanks!...I went to private Christian schools...ended up getting my GED too! I did always read though...was my way to escape when I was young. Too many other ways for the kids to escape now.

Since: May 07

Nashville, TN

#16 Sep 19, 2007
notahillbilly wrote:
<quoted text> well, thanks!...I went to private Christian schools...ended up getting my GED too! I did always read though...was my way to escape when I was young. Too many other ways for the kids to escape now.
You are so right, I guess that's how I ended up reading, too. My mom said she never heard anything out of me, as long as I had a book. You should be proud of yours, too.

Since: May 07

Nashville, TN

#17 Sep 19, 2007
I talked to a friend of my son's who went to Oak Grove, he said he did the Accelerated Reader. Too bad we couldn't get some teachers to give us their view on the new program and the TCAP tests, too. I guess that'd be bad for their careers though.
JUNIPER

Goodlettsville, TN

#18 Sep 19, 2007
Tennessee Tuxedo wrote:
maybe you should sign up, and learn how to spell
<quoted text>
Can't there be a topic sight without the grammar or spelling being corrected...just one....
notahillbilly

United States

#19 Sep 19, 2007
JUNIPER wrote:
<quoted text>
Can't there be a topic sight without the grammar or spelling being corrected...just one....
Lets make it this one!...the School topic...ha!...we can forget everything we learned, let our hair down , relax and have a decent conversation...Yes!!!!
notahillbilly

United States

#20 Sep 19, 2007
wecandothis wrote:
I talked to a friend of my son's who went to Oak Grove, he said he did the Accelerated Reader. Too bad we couldn't get some teachers to give us their view on the new program and the TCAP tests, too. I guess that'd be bad for their careers though.
When my daughter came back from Williamson County with a A+ in reading, she went to Oak Grove for a brief time...she was failing reading there...go figure?
I believe it has a lot to do with reading at home too. We as parents will always have to be involved ya know?

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