- People who embrace the Star – a fine example of NTCI – can’t believe how much it makes their jobs easier. They say, once they have studied and implemented it, “This aligns perfectly with the Communication Standard and the research, and the kids are so engaged!”
- Some people reject the Star with questions like “It doesn’t align with the curriculum!”
- I conclude that those who reject the Star are trying to align with the wrong curriculum, the one that doesn’t align with the research and – far more egregiously – makes kids feel like they did when their teacher taught from the textbook.
I would suggest that the teachers who will go on to survive the changes COVID is bringing will be the ones who align with the real curriculum, the language.
The proof is in the pudding. Teachers using the Star are rockin’ it online. Teachers still trying to align with the outdated TPRS curriculum models that have sprouted up – the “student CI activity pack” model is what I call it – might want to start thinking about how they are going to align with the real curriculum.