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Posted by on March 09 2018 at 7:27 AM
The Winter Olympics are over and it's time to prepare for spring break and summer vacation! My librarian hosted an incredible Winter Olympics book contest and the students loved it! To celebrate warmer weather, I've introduced a new reading contest in room #1220! Ready, set, read!!Competition begins April 2nd On April 2nd, students sign up for the contest(s) of their choice before or after school or during lunch in the library. (Using the library as a sign-up location gets students there…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on February 05 2018 at 3:49 PM
The 2018 Winter Olympics are beginning this week! It's a perfect time to ponder your teaching and classroom management. The Olympians are the best in their field. Are you?  Do you strive for excellence? Do you teach as if your supervisor is in your classroom observing? Or a parent is attending your classroom? Or a prospective teacher is watching you? Are you showing up early to school to be well prepared for the day? Looking over the HMH READ 180 materials ahead of the class arriving?…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on January 27 2018 at 12:34 PM
Are your bags packed?The 2018 National Summer Institute is returning, and I am ready to board my flight! I'm six months early, but just like a kid preparing for their dream trip, I am counting down the days! I reminisce back to my first READ 180 Summer Institute in San Francisco...I had been teaching seventh and eighth-grade reading and my principal called me into her office to see if I was available to go to the READ 180 Summer Institute in San Francisco, July 25-28, 2007. I checked my…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on January 18 2018 at 7:30 AM
Goals for 2018! Help your students to reflect on the progress they made in the fall semester of 2017 and the gains they are working toward in 2018 and beyond! Example Goals: 1. Number of books read in 9 weeks. 2. Total number of words read. (Students in my classes are encouraged to reach a million words by the end of the school year. One student reached their million words read by the holiday break!) The number of words read are calculated by passed book quizzes. 3. 80% or higher passing rate…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on December 18 2017 at 7:07 PM
Reading, reading, reading! Start 2018 with class and individual reading competitions! My classes have been competing to read to the top of our paper FRED's head since November. We are 3/4 of the way there! Check out our individual class competition to the top of his head in the picture and then take a look at how we stacked all of the classes’ books. We weren't able to stack all of the books because the tower started to lean! Students are excited to check their individual…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on November 15 2017 at 7:26 AM
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? The ReaL Book takes us all over the world. We travel in Workshop #1 from an airplane crash to a court trial, from a hospital to witness Capgras syndrome to China to see pandas and “The Cute Factor”, to “Cuteness is Found Around the World” with Snoopy in the USA, Teletubbies in the United Kingdom, to Italy with Topo Gigio, to Japan with Hello Kitty, to South Korea with Pororo, to Antarctica with penguins, to a detective in NYC! Are you…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on November 03 2017 at 7:42 AM
Welcome. Here you will see our United Nation classroom, with features from all of our cultures represented in our READ 180 room. Our life-size paper student, FRED, is located in a prime spot. Our goal for this nine weeks is to read books to the height of our paper classmate. Every time a book quiz is passed, along with its matching Quick Write and daily book logs, the students place the book on the floor beside our paper classmate, FRED. How long will it take to reach the top of his head? We…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on October 14 2017 at 9:33 AM
The book projects were completed and displayed in our classroom, but they were too good to be ignored!To help students with their academic language, comfort level with speaking in front of the class, and positive peer pressure to the a READ 180 books, another idea was born. Sharing the book projects for the first five minutes of class turned out to be a fun way to begin the period. All the projects were displayed on the students' desks. Students and the teacher chose a project and shared their…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on October 01 2017 at 3:58 PM
What a great start to the year with READ 180 Universal! We just completed our third week of school, and we are all loving the new program! My students have chosen to have a Growth Mindset and are excited to see where it takes them! We have all set goals using page 15 in the ReaL Book as our guide. Mine is to read all of the Universal paperbacks by the winter break. 1. Set a goal. "I will read all of the READ 180 Universal paperbacks."2. Get in a growth mindset. "I will reach my…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on September 09 2017 at 11:11 AM
Get ready for the "First Three Weeks with READ 180"!The following ideas can be used throughout the first three weeks back in school. The activities help to build community within the classroom. When students feel welcome in a classroom and feel at home, they are more likely to listen to you and challenge themselves throughout the year. We all have striving readers that haven't had the greatest successes in school, so we need to build a culture of greatness where students make strides to…