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Posted by Andrea Barnes on August 15 2012 at 4:35 PM
Step #3 Be the best in 2012 and 2013! Ask your students to describe and talk about the person they most admire. Share with your students who you look up to and admire. I can tell you, I am striving to be my best at teaching READ 180, and I look up to the architects of this amazing program! For the sixth summer I attended the Scholastic READ 180 Summer Institute and was mesmerized by the knowledge of all of the founders, especially Dr. Kate Kinsella. After attending her sessions I dream of being…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on August 15 2012 at 4:31 PM
Welcome to the 2012-2013 READ 180 School Year! After your first step of allowing your students to get to know the "real" you, let's move on to Step 2. Step 2: Your READ 180 students can share about themselves the first ten minutes of class. The students will discuss in Small-Groups, and then volunteers can share their thoughts and feelings in whole group. Now, copy pages 238 and 239 of the READ 180 Next Generation Teacher Implementation Guide. These pages are the "Welcome to READ 180 Next…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on August 15 2012 at 4:26 PM
Your READ 180 students will be as apprehensive as you are, so let's start the year off just right! As a teacher, you want every student to love coming to your class to learn. Students want to see that you are a "real" person with goals, passions, and thrilling moments in life, so why not "show" them. I love to watch the growth and metamorphosis of the tadpole to a frog, just like your student’s growth in reading from beginning reader to advanced reader. I will jump, jump, for joy in your…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on July 18 2012 at 4:09 PM
The 2012 Barnes’ READ 180 CelebrationDate: May 23, 2012 Place: Aragon Middle School Library Time: First and Second Periods 8:15-9:54          Fifth and Sixth Periods 11:52-1:31    Seventh and Eighth Periods: 1:36-3:15Snapping and Clapping to Celebrate: Here are some ideas of Awards for your READ 180 Celebration! Most Kite Bows Total Words Read Above and Beyond Student Quietest…
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.”…