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Common Goal----Education
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 state superintendent of public instruction in Texas, conceived the idea of an organization for women educators. Eleven women educators from Texas, representing various professional positions in education, were initiated by Dr. Blanton. Alpha Chapter was installed on June 3, 1929."

"The Founders believed that there was need for an organization in which women educators—rural and urban teachers; preschool, elementary, high school, college, and university teachers; librarians; school administrators; supervisors—might be united for efforts toward better professional preparation, recognition of women’s work in the teaching profession, and scholarships for those needing aid in improving their professional preparation."

I have been a member of DKG International since 1992. 

READ 180 educators and DKG members work together for a common goal--education!

These words that describe a Delta Kappa Gamma Sister also can be used to group READ 180 students. Write the following adjectives on individual helium balloons: Learner, Inspirer, Results Oriented, Thinker, Adaptable, Motivator, Goal Setter. When students walk into the classroom, have them sit at the tables that hold the balloon that best describes them, in their opinion.

1. The Learner: this student is eager to learn.

2. The Inspirer: this student influences peers to read, complete assignments, and work hard in every class.

3. Results Oriented: this student sets a purpose and works to achieve it.

4. The Thinker: this student ponders their thoughts before blurting out an answer.

5. The Adaptable Student: this student gets along with students and teachers in all situations.

6. The Motivator: this student encourages classmates to be their best at all times.

7. The Goal Setter: this student works to achieve their stated outcome.

Students can brainstorm for the next few minutes with their table-mates more ideas on how they fit into the balloon descriptor of their choice. After roll is taken, have groups share their definitions and descriptions with the class.

Begin the ReaL Book and rBook lesson and call on each group to share their thinking and answers. Begin calling students by the balloon adjectives. Watch your students become excited when their group names are called. 

When the helium wears off, change the balloons. Make new balloons for experts on certain types of questions. The next period, students sit by the balloon that represents their best test-taking question. The students will brainstorm why they are the most confident with these types of questions, why they feel they are the expert, and then share with the class after roll is taken. The students will become the experts on those questions. Classmates can learn from each other and assist one another when difficult questions come up! 

Students feel confident and self-esteem is improved when they feel valued and can learn from one another! For example, Essay Writers, Cause and Effect, Problem and Solution, Short Answer, Vocabulary and Context Clues, Identify and Details, Compare and Contrast, Interpretive, and Evaluative Questions.

Having balloons in the classroom is fun and exciting. It is a happy place to be because it reminds everyone of a party. 

Stage C READ 180 Educator

Philosophy of Teaching All of my life, I have enjoyed working with children and have always desired to teach. It is my belief that no matter what socio-economic background, everyone deserves to achieve his/her educational goals. It is my ambition to facilitate this process.Growing up in the Houston area, I have always been aware of the Cypress-Fairbanks School District. The district's reputation of excellence is well known, not only in the Houston metroplex, but throughout the state of Texas. As a professional educator, it is important to be associated with a school district whose goals for its students are aligned with my philosophy of teaching.

  • Excellent question. Dollar Store for balloons. These balloons have been up for a month! Still soaring in my classroom! It's Amazing!!


    Definitely using this idea!  I love it!  Curious about the money/time aspect...do you buy the mini party helium containers or have a suggestion on that and the balloons?

    Thank you! Great to read! I love balloons in my classroom! It is a daily celebration! Let me know how it works for you!


    Love, love, love this idea! You are so creative and fun!!!


    Oh my word, what an awesome idea. I can't wait to borrow this idea for my class. Great way to start my next section in my RL book. Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge and ideas.