The header for today's post was supplied by a teacher at a meeting I attended yesterday. She is disappointed that the publisher who wined and dined her last year (and paid her $200 to attend a session on their products) isn't the one chosen for our upcoming materials' adoption. I left further explanation of the choice we made in the hands of the teachers who had examined all of the available materials. Hopefully, they made some inroads. It didn't look like the "graft" teacher could believe that there was anything better out there than what she'd seen last spring.
Meanwhile, there was a continuing discussion about offering an "advanced" option for our grades 7 and 8 kids. I was supposed to have an answer for this back in early January...and we're still not any closer. There seems to be consensus that we should offer it and that the curriculum should be different from "regular," but there is no agreement about what that would look like. I'm not sure what the next step will be here. It will certainly be another case where not everyone is happy with the outcome.