Sometimes we hear people say that students today are not challenged in school like they were in the old days.
I am here to tell you how impressed I am by what I have seen as I walked through the classrooms this week before the February break. Students are doing exciting and challenging reading in ELA. They are thinking about the lives and deeds of some famous and important Americans like Helen Keller, Dr. Martin Luther King, Paul Bunyan, Amelia Earhart, and Abraham Lincoln. All of this work is part of the renewed effort in schools to learn from non-fiction reading. Students are asked to "read like detectives and write like investigative reporters." The material they are doing is challenging, the content is important, and most of all, the teaching is excellent!