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Posted by Community Manager on May 23 2013 at 2:51 PM
The Common Core Standards advocate a "staircase" of increasing text complexity, so that students can develop their reading skills and apply them to more difficult texts. Give your System 44 students access to grade-level complex text with each Module of the new 44Book. Two Stretch texts for every Module provide the opportunity for a close reading of a text within the appropriate grade band. You can support your students’ reading of these high-interest, complex texts with the following steps: …
Posted by Community Manager on May 09 2013 at 2:08 PM
Right Book-Right Time Noelle Morris, Scholastic Implementation Manager Don’t you just love when you experience the right book at the right time? What is the latest book that I can give this recognition to? My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian. I think this reader’s ultimate claim can be made based on a number of criterion. However, for me and this book, it’s because: It connected to my preparation for summer reading implementation planning, I was reconnected with an author that I have always…
Posted by Community Manager on April 23 2013 at 11:04 AM
READ 180 Next Generation Leadership Dashboard App Available on the iPad®* Manage your READ 180 implementation with fidelity using the NEW Leadership Dashboard app!  Now provided with mobile access, school leaders and administrators are able to maintain a high-level view of their district, including key metrics to monitor school, class, and student performance – anytime, anywhere.          • District, School, and Class Overviews:  Leaders can easily…
Posted by Community Manager on April 02 2013 at 7:33 PM
Deliberate Arguments Noelle Morris, Scholastic Implementation Manager  I’m sure by now everyone has found the three leading verbs in the Common Core Standards- analyze, evaluate, and synthesize. What better way to incorporate each of these critical thinking and reasoning skills than through a debate?  But, it cannot go unrecognized that teaching argument to adolescents may come with a few challenges. Bottom line, it’s not easy. Let’s keep it real. If you have recently been on a…
Posted by Community Manager on March 19 2013 at 4:00 PM
From Resistance to Results: Succeeding With Even the Most Challenging Students Rachel Morie READ 180 Educator Marshall Elementary School, Tulsa, OK We all face challenges with READ 180 students. Challenges that often go beyond reading. Students come to you with different backgrounds. Different family histories. And different issues with behavior, self-esteem and motivation. I’ve been teaching for 5 years and last year was my first with READ 180. So everything was new to me. It was quite a…
Posted by Community Manager on March 15 2013 at 4:05 PM
Spring into Spring Noelle Morris, Scholastic Implementation Manager Really is it spring? I’m not questioning the expertise of the groundhog, but as I sit here in early March, I find myself still trying to thaw out from the winter blues. For some reason, part of my fighting the blues is me recalling my childhood fight boredom toys. And now, “It’s Slinky. It’s Slinky. For fun it’s a wonderful toy,” keeps looping through my head. I just can’t have this be completely useless trivia playing in my…
Posted by Community Manager on February 19 2013 at 5:27 PM
The Power of Applause and Celebrating Each Milestone Noelle Morris, Scholastic Implementation Manager Who doesn’t like recognition? Sometimes the most exciting moment is when the certificate or pat on the back comes out of the blue. It’s those cheers that connect us to our successes and put us into action to challenge ourselves. Each of us tracks milestones in all aspects of our lives, and many of us have an inner “Rock Star” that loves to hear, “Encore! Encore!” Be honest, when you hear,…
Posted by Community Manager on January 25 2013 at 10:13 AM
Classroom Management Connections: Independent Reading Rotation: It's Just Right! Noelle Morris, Scholastic Implementation Manager Being a mom of a 7-year old allows me the excitement of participating in the school book fair. Of course I let my daughter enjoy the displays and pick out her circled books from the flyer, but would I not be a strong reading model if I didn’t find something for myself? There it was, Too Purpley! with its colorful cover and all too familiar picture of our morning…
Posted by Community Manager on January 11 2013 at 5:09 PM
Advice Flashback Noelle Morris, Scholastic Implementation Manager The best advice I ever received during my initial years of teaching was from one of my favorite mentors. She always had a way of saying the simplest words, but made a tremendous impact on my development. She simply said, “Clean out your book bag.” I was dumbfounded by the recommendation. I wasn’t complaining about my shoulder hurting or the amount of work I was taking home. Not to mention, my bag was my evidence that I was a…
Posted by Community Manager on November 19 2012 at 2:01 PM
The Art of Relevance Noelle Morris, Scholastic Implementation Manager When I look at the current clothing styles and see the neon colors and many graphics, I cannot help but be swept back to my teenage years in the 1980’s. Students often wonder how do I know Hello Kitty™? Is it possible that someone over 40 understands YOLO? I giggle because my mother always told me that what is old will be new again. And, now that I’ve reached the pivotal age of reason, I agree with her. Thank goodness I kept…