Master one of today's most successful school reform and school improvement strategies!
The Whole-Faculty Study Group (WFSG) System is a student-centered, teacher-driven process for facilitating major staff development and schoolwide change. When applied properly, it has produced extraordinary results for thousands of educators and students in schools and school districts across the country.
The Whole-Faculty Study Groups Fieldbook is a comprehensive guide to applying the WFSG process. Edited by Dale Lick and Carlene Murphy, this practical manual provides concrete strategies for implementing and sustaining a school improvement process in any environment. Offering extensive experience, each contributor explores a different aspect of Whole-Faculty Study Groups and supplies lessons learned and many first-hand examples of successful school reform and student performance enhancement. Written to complement existing resources or serve as a stand-alone guide, this book will
Demonstrate how concepts can be applied in a variety of school improvement efforts; Present relevant strategies and activities; Illustrate how to use suggestions in real-world situations; Highlight critical concepts through extensive case examples; Provide helpful tips and lessons learned; Explain how findings can be applied to professional learning communities
Offering numerous illustrations of the WFSG System in action and a comprehensive collection of tools for initiating and sustaining successful improvement programs, this fieldbook is an essential resource for K-12 administrators, staff developers, and teachers involved with any type of school transformation effort.
Chapter 18: Implementing Reading and Mathematics Programs
Implementing Reading and Mathematics Programs
I have to share with you that I am a very good teacher and love working with students of all ages. The reason I am sharing this fact with you is that I almost quit teaching after my first year. I was saved by the grace and guidance of many talented colleagues. I began my teaching career at one of Baton Rouge, Louisiana's, largest inner-city elementary schools. Our students were poor and had little adult support at home. I went home crying every day because I felt inadequate as a teacher and had no one to turn to for help.
The only reason I am still in education today is that I was lucky enough to be ...