And I agree with you. You need help from our fire marshall who has declared
that the walls can only be 20% covered with paper--in the halls and
classrooms. Then you wouldn't have to look at that dreadful stuff.
About the writing: what do you know about the writing instructor's
background? Has she attended a National Writing Project institute? Did she
have a classroom with students who were tested and were all declared
proficient by the state? Or is this just an idea that seemed like a good one,
so they hired someone? Are the teachers teaching writing like they should, or
do they think because there is a writing teacher that it is up to her, and
they will tend to reading and math??? How often does she see the students?
Does she teach them how to read as a writer? Does she read models of good
stories (picture books) so they know what good writing looks and sounds like?
Does she show them how to see themselves as characters in a story?-----I am
not trying to argue; I have seen this sort of thing in my own system. Looks
good on paper until the rubber hits the road.
If she doesn't do any of the last things I mentioned, suggest that she might
like to visit this site: geocities.com/oberry1790/narrativebibliography.htm.
There is more information about writing there and a long list of books that
are models of the traits good writing includes. There is a link to that page
from the "Making Six Trait Writing Fun" page as well.