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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…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on February 17 2017 at 7:35 AM
Have you ever been asked this question, “Why haven’t you completed the application?” It won’t take you long! What are you waiting for? Start now. Nominate a student, colleague, or yourself for the 180 Awards! It is a great way to show your appreciation and fondness for the daily hard work you see. Can you picture the excitement on your students' or colleagues' faces when they win? Imagine the feeling they will have knowing someone spent the time to acknowledge their enthusiasm and hard…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on February 03 2017 at 7:34 PM
READ 180 RED ROUTINES are perfect with every lesson! Get your students writing, reacting, and conversing with every lesson. Here's how to use the IDEA WAVE, THINK (WRITE)-PAIR-SHARE, and NUMBERED HEADS with the remaining READ 180 Workshops.IDEA WAVEUse the following questions in the Idea Wave:STAGE A:Workshop #5: What are mummies?Workshop #6: What makes someone a champion?Workshop #7: Are zoos good places for wild animals to live?Workshop #8: What are examples of unhealthy foods and…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on January 20 2017 at 10:30 PM
Do you need inspirational thought-provoking video clips to inspire students or staff? Look no further than Mark Sanborn's Videos. These videos can be shown and accompany any Workshops in the rBook.Read and Take a Look…1. Stage B:Workshop #3: "Identity Crisis" gets students thinking about their values and opinions. Help your students to develop and grow into the best adults possible. Good ethics and high reading skills will help students to have successful and productive lives.Workshop #5:…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on January 06 2017 at 1:05 PM
Think about a world of giving back, being thoughtful, and acknowledging the fantastic people around you. Let's make 2017 a year where we teach our READ 180 students to be superheroes to the people they encounter. Here are two great books to use in accomplishing your mission. What do you get when you combine two best selling books? FRED JARS! I married Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright and The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn and came up with a phenomenal idea--FRED JARS.Christmas Jars, the NY Times…