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Posted by Scott Toonder on September 07 2017 at 12:09 PM
Many struggling readers don't know what to do when their comprehension gets off track. For some, not properly processing the text is simply the norm. Others may be aware when they are not understanding what they read, but may not have the skillset necessary to go back and fix it.Including a number of "Fix-Up" comprehension strategies into your First Three Weeks of instruction can be a great way to begin the process of shaping your students into conscientious and attentive readers.What I Teach…
Posted by Scott Toonder on August 03 2017 at 2:29 PM
Each year I try to add at least one or two things to my READ 180 repertoire.  In 2016-2017, I added "Brain Fact" lessons to my first three weeks and revisited the idea throughout the school year in the hopes of inspiring more of a growth mindset in my students. For more on that, read this blog. Don't mean to toot my own horn, but it was awesome!Over the last few days, I've been racking my brain trying to figure out what to try this year and it occurred to me: Why should…
Posted by on July 20 2017 at 2:49 PM
I always try and include some academic books to my summer reading list. After all, throwing a "teacher book" into your beach bag along with your pleasure reading can be a great way to re-inspire yourself and hone your craft.So with that in mind, here are two books you may want to check out."Psychology of Learning for Instruction" by Marcy P. DriscollMarcy's book is a great mixture of academic knowledge and practical advice. She provides us with a great overview of the history of learning…
Posted by Scott Toonder on June 27 2017 at 3:43 PM
While at the Models Schools Conference in Nashville, Tennessee this week, I had the privilege of meeting this year's Educator Award winners.  One of these special teachers, Victor Soria, was kind enough to let me pick his brain about his amazing READ 180 practice.Victor teaches at Grace M. Davis High School in Modesto, California. 100% of his students are English Learners who have been in the United States for less than four years.  His incredible results speak for themselves…
Posted by Scott Toonder on June 14 2017 at 11:25 PM
With most of my favorite sports teams beginning or well into their offseason training regimens, I got to thinking of the things we can do over the summer to makes us better come September.  After all, if the way they spend their "down time" can be the difference between an all-star bid or a championship season, couldn't the things we do over our summer make us better teachers when "game-time" rolls back around? Here's what I came up with (and apologies in advance for the cheesy,…
Posted by Scott Toonder on June 01 2017 at 10:16 AM
The school year is winding down, the time to pack the room up for is fast approaching, and if I've learned one thing it's this..."Packing the room up carefully can save you tons of headaches when you unpack next fall!"     Here are a few things you might want to keep an eye on.1.  rBooksHow many rBooks do I have?  And, how many do I think I'll need for next year?  The sooner you can put in the order with your principal, the better!If, like me, you reuse your rBooks…
Posted by Scott Toonder on May 18 2017 at 4:08 PM
Being the sappy teacher that I am, I like to try and make my last READ 180 class memorable for my students. I want them to reflect on how far they've come. I want them to remember the obstacles they've surmounted. I want them to use their accomplishments in READ 180 to inspire their futures.A tall order for "Okay, have a nice summer", and one that probably won't be as meaningful to every student, but a goal that is still well worth striving for.  So for that last day (or days) of…
Posted by Scott Toonder on May 04 2017 at 8:32 AM
As the year winds down and state testing diminishes in the rearview mirror, it can become increasingly difficult to keep our students motivated. Of course, a lot of keeping their brains tuned in depends on us... keeping our lessons exciting and our expectations and enthusiasm in high gear... but there are a few little "contest" gimmicks that might help.THE WORDS READ CHALLENGE:If you pull up your Books Read Report, it will show you the number of words each student has read in the reading group…
Posted by Scott Toonder on April 20 2017 at 2:29 PM
Karla was born in America, but she moved to Mexico when she was still an infant.  Then, when she was just fours years old, her mother and her moved back to America—leaving her father behind.   Though her mom spoke English, Karla didn’t know any.  “It made school really hard,” she says.  “I never knew what the teacher or other kids were saying.” By the time I met Karla in 3rd grade, her language skills had progressed nicely, but her reading skills were lagging far…
Posted by Scott Toonder on April 06 2017 at 11:33 AM
Because of the in-depth instruction, differentiation checkpoints, and various informative assessments involved in each READ 180 unit, teaching all 9 Workshops in a single year can next to impossible.  And if (like me) you're not operating with a full 90-minute model, even getting through 4 or 5 workshops can also be a challenge.With the end of the year fast approaching, that means that the vast majority of us will have to start to make some tough instructional decisions, such as:"What do I…