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Posted by Andrea Barnes on June 27 2012 at 4:22 PM
This past weekend I attended the 83rd State Convention of the Texas State Organization of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International in Dallas, Texas. This organization is an honor society for woman educators and was founded in 1929 by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton a faculty member at the University of Texas. The following is our mission statement: The Delta Kappa Society International promotes professional and personal growth of woman educators and excellence in education. DKG has 2,600 chapters in…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on May 30 2012 at 12:48 PM
Have your Scholastic READ 180 students be the expert! The student teaches a vocabulary term, a concept, Oral Cloze, Instructional Software Zones, a skill from our rBook, or a life experience skill.   Cassie taught the class a vocabulary word. She introduced herself as the substitute teacher and taught the Target Word just like a READ 180 educator! The class thought Miss Cassie was amazing!   Lizchelle taught the Instructional Software and the steps to successfully complete each…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on May 29 2012 at 4:00 PM
Welcome your new READ 180 students to your classroom with inspirational notes from past students. Your students can explain the class procedures and share their successes. My students love to tell how their class has helped grow their Lexile scores and improved their comprehension! Students can also demonstrate the READ 180 Instructional Software: READING ZONE, WORD ZONE, SPELLING ZONE, and the SUCCESS ZONE. Invite the new READ 180 students to tour the READ 180 classroom. Ask the counselor to…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on May 21 2012 at 12:07 PM
It is that time of year when the students are ready for summer vacation, and the teachers are, too! My student wrote this poem to me, and it is a reminder to all of us the difference we are making everyday in our students' lives. Enjoy the field trip souvenirs. Please share your happy and inspirational teaching memories! Ms. BarnesIt’s 9:53, a minute before the bell is about to ring.A minute has passed, the bell has rung, and I burst out the door like a spring.I quickly make my way downstairs…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on May 07 2012 at 8:05 AM
Dear Scholastic READ 180 Educators-   Still debating if you should attend the National Summer Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana? Let me help convince you to register online today!   Do you:  1.      Want to collaborate with educators from around the world? 2.      Learn exciting new strategies to take back to your classroom? 3.      Feel pumped up and ready for your best year of teaching ever?…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on April 17 2012 at 1:21 PM
This week we are reviewing our “Hopes, Dreams, What We Believe and Want to Achieve” from the first week of school. We all wrote down answers to these questions and shared them through-out the year. During the year, we check to see if everyone is working toward his or her goal. For example, my four goals and answers:1. I hope all of my READ 180 students improve their Lexile scores.Answer: “After the recent round of SRI testing, your students have already shown at least 2.0 years of growth.”…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on April 02 2012 at 9:18 AM
Barnes’ Poetry Café This week for our appetizers (warm-up) we had the Barnes’ Poetry Café. The librarian sent down 18 poetry books for my students to peruse. Students also could write or bring in their own poems or books to share with each other. We made poetry menus, and the students could choose from the appetizers, main entrée, and the dessert items. Example: Appetizers-Tell us your opinion of the poem, think about the title and talk to us about it, tell us why you choose this poem Barnes’…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on March 20 2012 at 4:50 PM
Toot Toot to Scholastic READ 180! My students are always thrilled for an opportunity to share their classroom with guests. At our recent READ 180 Open House visitors from across the district came to witness the exciting curriculum of READ 180. Teachers, administrators, school board trustees, parents, and staff came to learn about READ 180 through a guided tour conducted by READ 180 students. We received many notes and rave reviews from our fans! We have tours throughout the year so we can Toot…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on March 02 2012 at 7:58 AM
Do you have thick skin? Can you handle the comments? Do you strive to be your best everyday? Then go ahead and give this assignment to all of your students! You will be amazed at how appreciative your students can be. You will be surprised how little things and comments do make a difference to your students. You will also see things you have to work on. Each six weeks my students write me a progress report. They report on improvements I have made, and they consider good things that are going…
Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 2:01 PM
I use hotel stationery, photographs, and colorful paper to write to my students. Complimentary notes are a HIT with my students! I call them “Barnes’ Notes.” My students collect these notes and share them with their families. When a student collects ten notes and has a parent/guardian signature, they receive a little prize from me. When students collect twenty notes—two prizes, thirty notes—three prizes, etc. I ran in to a former student yesterday at a school function, and she told me that she…