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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…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on August 24 2017 at 8:31 PM
Classroom and Teacher Check List for the First Day of School!1. Student desks or tables in a neat order. Students and teacher should be able to walk comfortably around the room to get to the three distinct rotation areas: Small Group, Independent Reading, Instructional Software.2. Put students at ease when they enter the classroom. They don't have to choose a seat/desk because the decision making of where to sit is done for them.Place a sign on the three tables distinguishing the groups.Group…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on August 12 2017 at 9:35 AM
Always be mindful of the people around you. Do you know what's going on in your students' lives?Take time to get to know each of your students as individuals. The READ 180 students have hopes, dreams, concerns, worries, people that love them, and careers and families of their own ahead of them. Some of your students might be coming from very difficult situations that you might not know about until you gain their trust. Let all of your students know you are there for them, in and out…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on August 01 2017 at 2:47 PM
Part One: Do you remember the excitement of student teaching? After 28 years of being an educator, I started to forget that nervous thrill I felt before I embarked on my teaching profession until the first week of this summer! As I was cleaning out my closet today, I came across my student teaching journal! The following lessons learned still hold true as I embark on my 29th year of teaching reading!Here are my top five lessons learned from 1989. Lesson #1: Don't get caught up in…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on July 14 2017 at 12:25 PM
Find yourself looking for a great summer read? Well, look no further! I have a book that will change your thinking and life along with your student's and the world if you take my challenge to share the Fred principles. This book will show you, "How passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary" (Sanborn, 2004). What is the title you ask of this National Bestseller? Why of course it's The Fred Factor written by Mark Sanborn! I am going to summarize the full Fred…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on June 29 2017 at 10:55 AM
The teaching year has come to an end for most of us, so now it’s time to relax, rejuvenate, and make time for hobbies. It's a great time to shake out your workout clothes, open up your books that you have put off reading, and spend time with family and friends. I try to make a plan of everything I want to accomplish in the next few months and check them off as I go! This way I feel like I'm taking full advantage of my valuable summer time off! What do you have on your list for your summer…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on June 11 2017 at 4:38 PM
Thank you to the educator who gave me this activity that can be used with the rBook, ReaL Book, System 44, and Universal books and selections. As with many teaching ideas we all use, sometimes we don’t know the origin of them. We just know they work!This activity was a keeper because the students enjoyed learning, working, and sharing their stories on it all as they read their books and selections.Time: One week. (I used this assignment in place of a student’s…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on June 01 2017 at 10:19 AM
Ten Minute Warm Ups to End the School Year: Academic Language, Fluency, Spelling, Following Directions, and Book ReviewsMonday: Academic Language Focus Warm UpOur goal by the end of the year is to have everyone using academic language...practice is still beneficial to many.Step One:Supplies: Jolly Ranchers and Display QuestionsDisplay the following:1. Red candy-    A. The toiletries I need to have everyday are ___________ because...    B. My…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on May 19 2017 at 8:58 PM
The Model Schools Conference in Nashville is right around the corner. Are you going? If so, come see the HMH Bloggers at the conference. We would love to meet you! I am looking forward to learning more and honing my reading skills in the conference. I love attending and meeting new educators who are passionate about teaching. It's fun to be around like minded people! Don't you think?Just imagine 6,000+ School and District Educators, 300+ Sessions to choose from, and 35 Model Schools and…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on May 04 2017 at 7:20 AM
April was National Poetry Month! How did you celebrate? This year, in my READ 180 classroom, I spiced things up by hosting a poetry cafe during the first ten minutes of class.  To start, we reviewed the Reading Handbook-Literary Craft and Structure Terms in the rBook (Stage C Flex II pages 288-289). I had my students review the poems in the rBook for enjoyment and then break out the poetry books from the library as additional resources. Students could also write or bring in their own…