In this new, possibly recurring, topic, I will pose a situation that comes from the classroom for you all to decide on how you might handle it. The title, WWSD?, stands for our esteemed Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings. The events may have happened, or they are simply figments of my odd imagination.
A group of 9th graders enter the year below grade level in reading. They are placed in an English class and an English support class. No curriculum exists until after the second semester begins.
Many of these same 9th graders enter their 10th grade year even further behind grade level, while the state exam awaits them in March. This year, they are placed together in a block style class that combines the reading support and now the writing support into one longer period. After receiving their state exam scores, it is clear that they still need much help.
So, because the state requires the school to do "something different," you must decide what happens to this group of kids. Remember, they have been together for two years and have tried two very different approaches.