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Posted by 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…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on April 19 2017 at 7:26 AM
Wrapping up the year with a three-part series on projects you can do with your students: 1. CHARACTER TRAITS2. POETRY MENU3. CASPARThis first activity, Character Traits, has been completed by my students for over 28 years! I have no recollection of where this amazing, creative, character trait assignment came from, but it has been enjoyed by all of my many students. Thank you to the educator who shared this wonderful activity with me!Supplies: Piece of paper, pen or pencil, and a…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on April 08 2017 at 9:20 AM
What an exciting day! Here I am sitting at the Houston Public Media Center, a service of the University of Houston, on this beautiful April Fool’s Day. There are 56 spellers representing forty-two counties in the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee. The students are District and County area winners. Amazing spellers--no fooling!Here's my thinking while I watch and listen. Our READ 180 students practice in the Spelling Zone to learn and enhance their spelling skills. Each of our classrooms could…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on March 24 2017 at 7:15 AM
What do the international teacher society, DKG, READ 180 students, and READ 180 educators have in common? Read to find out. History according to the 2017 DKG website: "The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International was founded May 11, 1929, at the Faculty Women’s Club at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas. Alpha Chapter of Alpha State Organization placed a plaque where the Women's Club once stood on campus. Dr. Annie Webb Blanton, member of the faculty of the University of Texas and a former…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on March 04 2017 at 10:22 AM
 Well, I'm here to tell you that dreams can come true! Guess who came to Cy Creek on February 20th to meet me? Another hint…He has been intrigued on how I am encouraging my district of 114,000 students and over 14,000 staff to become "Freds". He even nicknamed me Fredette! Yes, you are correct in your answer… it was Mark Sanborn from Denver, Colorado, author of The Fred Factor!!Mark Sanborn, me, and School Board TrusteeWhat an amazing day! My student Fred Ambassadors set up a table on how…