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Top 10 Ways You Know You’re in a Reading First School

Ohanian Comment: This 'cute' list comes from the Reading First website.

Browse the Vermont for the Study of Education DIBELS Clearinghouse and you will see that nobody is laughing about DIBELS. Teachers are outraged by the imposition of something so inappropriate; parents are so angry they are removing their children from school.

Top 10 Ways You Know You’re in a Reading First School

10. Data, data, data

9. Using explicit language in front of the children is appropriate.

8. The person called “Coach” is not the gym teacher.

7. People say “DIBELS” without laughing.

6. Woe to the unfortunate soul who dares interrupt the reading block.

5. More data

4. Everyone knows that the 5 Essential Components are NOT phonics, phonics, phonics, phonics AND phonics.

3. Kids are not grouped by size.

2. Intervention is not when your friends and family tell you to seek help.

1. It has a dedicated faculty that is working tirelessly to ensure that every child becomes a proficient reader.

— authorless, as well as clueless
Reading First Notebook


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