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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…
Posted by Community Manager on January 16 2012 at 2:08 PM
Remember to nominate your most deserving student for the READ 180 All-Star Award! My student won the award last year, and you may have the winner sitting in your classroom right now! Start off the year by building a student’s confidence by believing in their success! You have the power to change a life!!AlyssaAragon Middle School, Houston, TXWhen Alyssa enrolled in Aragon Middle School, her reading and writing skills were weak, and she feared she would never catch up to her classmates. Her lack…
Posted by Community Manager on December 22 2011 at 12:03 AM
Layers of fun for everyone! 1. Write nine questions on nine separate sheets of paper. 2. Take one question and crumple it up.3. Take another question and wrap it around the first question. You are now growing your onion.4. Continue this process until all of your questions have been wrapped into the onion.5. You and your students are now ready to peel the onion.6. Toss the onion to a volunteer student and have them un wrap one paper. The student stands and reads the question aloud. This…
Posted by Community Manager on November 28 2011 at 6:56 PM
How about building your students knowledge of READ 180 and their Confidence all at the same time?  Read to find out how. 1. My students love it when we invite guests to our classroom. Our first special person,  Superintendent of Cypress-Fairbanks I. S. D., Dr Mark Henry, came and spent 35 minutes with my READ 180 class. This was quite an honor considering we are the third largest district in Texas. 2. Students volunteered to greet our guest by shaking hands and making eye contact. 3.…