I’m not sure if that press-a-button-once-a-day product is available anymore, but what I do know is that the only scrubbing bubble that really works is myself (and since the magic diet pill didn’t work, bubble isn't too far from the right term here). A textured sponge and effort is required if our shower is to meet the standard of cleanliness we want to live with.
Likewise, there isn’t one program we can spray at our students and expect them to all meet standard. There just isn’t. So we shouldn’t get our hopes up. And any program that is being lauded as such right now won’t even be available in a few years because the early adopters will quickly realize, yet again, that the only things that really work are the right tools and effort.
The right tools include
- books—lots and lots of them, for a wide variety of interests and abilities, and
- assessments—not just any assessments, but great diagnostic assessments that truly inform our instruction.
- instruction—providing focused, intentional instruction that is directly related to the needs of the children in front of us, and
- time—for students to read and for us to confer.