Consider this - if, everyday, I am expected to teach a brand new lesson in phonics/reading, math, social studies, science and English language arts, when am I going to have time to review the lessons in those teacher manuals? Um, never.
I've been teaching for a few years now and I've never had "down" time during the day, or quite honestly, even the year! Even those of us with the best intentions wind up doing everything else during our prep period other than reading through all the material we have to review. There's some good stuff in those books, but you have to be able to spend the time and read every page and take notes. We're all trying to survive on the Cliff's Notes versions.
So, how did I remedy this?
One year, my team split up our curriculum and we each took a subject (or two) and agreed that it would be our responsibility to ACTUALLY read ALL THE PAGES and put together lessons that the rest of the team could use. Initially, I was bummed because I picked math and we have a different lesson EVERY DAY.
However, once I settled in to read that Teacher's Manual, I'm going to say I was surprised at all the goodness it contained. I created presentations that I (and my team) could follow during each lesson to keep us on track. They weren't to read from, they were to keep the lesson flowing and guide the teacher (and students).
Classroom Teacher Doctor of Education
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