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To Becky Hicks for her input on chapter 4. To Northside ISD, Lewisville ISD, Spring ISD, Abilene ISD, and Aldine ISD for serving as willing and gracious hosts when visitors want to observe in a demonstration site school. To Lee Jane Karlsson for her consistent hard work. Page xvii Introduction A Parable The first-graders entered the room quietly and with purpose. They rummaged in their desks; pulled out writing logs, each uniquely "loved up" with frayed, worn covers and turned-back pages; and began writing.
Many have offered solutions, but ironically most of these have been top-down offerings. Little change will happen unless teachers are convinced to move away from traditional teaching. Little change will happen unless teachers understand the breadth and depth of the paradigm shift and how that shift affects the profession of teaching, education in general, and the future of students. Little change will happen until a deep philosophical paradigm shift occurs within teacher training programs. Little change will happen until school districts commit to rigorous staff development programs to retrain teachers already in the field.
Writing and reading are ways into knowing, learning, and communicating. Consider Linda Rief, as described by Don Graves: Linda Rief has written and read her way into an unusual professional career. She explains how it began: Linda: I started eight years ago by working as an aide with classroom teachers. I remember I always wanted to know what the kids knew ... I was scared to death. I never expected to write in a writing course. Page 7 Within a few years Linda was far enough along in working toward a master's degree to receive a position as an English teacher (1990, 7-8).