I read the quote by Jonathan Saphier and felt that his statement is exactly WHY teachers like us have book clubs. The fact is that WE have not given up. We ARE facing and looking at the obstacles and WE are coming together as a team to discuss solutions.
Many years ago I learned about Brian Cambourne and his Conditions of Learning as they applied to Literacy acquisition. For those who are unaware of his research, I have pasted his conditions below. However, I want to focus on Expectation. Cambourne says:
Expectation of those to whom learners are bonded are powerful coercers of behavior. “We achieve what we expect to achieve; We fail what we expect to fail; we are more likely to engage with demonstrations of those whom we regard as significant and who hold high expectations for us.”
Immersion: Infant and young children need to be surrounded by an environment that is rich in spoken and written language.
Demonstration: Children need opportunities to observe models of the way written language is used in daily life.
Engagement: Young children need opportunities to try reading and writing activates on their own.
Expectation: Children need to be in an environment where adults believe that they will acquire literacy skills. Use Children must use reading and writing skills throughout their daily lives.
Approximation: Young children should be free to make attempts at written language that move closer and closer to conventional reading and writing.
Response: Children need to receive feedback from knowledgeable people on their attempts a reading and writing.
We are powerful tools in the lives of children. I think Jackson makes a good point when she says that Mastery Teaching means understanding that expectations say more about our own sense of efficacy than they do about our student's abilities.
None of us can be experts in every area we teach. But we can rely on each other as mentors, helpers, and coaches to raise our understanding and expectations. I liked this Chapter MUCH more than 2!