Baltimore County teachers concerned about new program
We've gotten a number of e-mails from Baltimore County teachers in the past several days who are very upset about a communication they received Friday telling them they must implement a new program called AIM, or Articulated Instruction Module, which includes a detailed progress-reporting system. I haven't written stories about this program, so I can't give readers of the blog much information yet. Teachers say that it will place another heavy burden on them and won't improve teaching and learning.
Here's what one teacher had to say: "This AIM checklist for each of my first graders could be as many as 26 pages long and would require me to judge 101 marks per child, each term and I have 24 students."
I would like to hear from teachers about the pros and cons of AIM. And I was wondering if the AIM program is geared toward today's Maryland state standards, will it have to be redone in a year so that it is consistent with measuring students' knowledge based on the national standards, which Maryland plans to adopt next August?