Monday, May 7, 2012

5 ways to fix schools

Susan Ohanian gives 5 ways to start fixing schools:

-Feed them. (and I'm not talking pink slime here. Hire Moms/Aunts/Grandmothers/Cousins to cook real food in the cafeteria.

-Fix their teeth.

-Guarantee their housing.

-Give them a lot of books. . . books they choose. . . books that come without interrogation.

-Read stories aloud to them. Wouldn't it be great if every teacher read aloud something (s)he found interesting/suspenseful/amusing/outrageous/inspiring? At least once a week.


  1. Great stuff, Joe. I love the read aloud piece. I already run a daily independent reading program, but I feel the read aloud is a missing piece.

    Next year, when we go to 60-minute blocks, I plan on incorporating it daily.

    Thanks for this thoughtful post.

  2. Joe, I always found time to read at least 15 minutes a day to my students. They loved it and they're reading skills improved. Even my "big" 6th grade boys would beg me to read more. They started reading on their own because they heard great stories from me.


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