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Posted by Scott Toonder on November 02 2017 at 4:45 PM
For many schools and districts, the time for the second Reading Inventory of the year has arrived (or is fast approaching).  And, after all your students' scores are in, you'll want to look over how they (and, at least in part by extension, you) did.  So, here are a few reports you should pull up and a thought or two on how you may want to think about what you see.Growth ReportKeep in mind that the second Reading Inventory of the year is supposed to be more of a placement check than…
Posted by Scott Toonder on October 20 2017 at 10:26 AM
Science is a long way from figuring out every intricacy of the human brain, but one thing seems pretty clear-- the more you know about something, the easier it is to learn more about it.The process is really a lot more complicated than I can explain (or that you probably want to hear about), but it works something like this:As you learn, your brain makes connections from different groups of neurons , building a schematic web for that subject area.When you encounter new knowledge or skills, your…
Posted by Scott Toonder on October 05 2017 at 1:28 PM
At the beginning of the year, we spend tons of energy making sure our students feel comfortable every aspect of the program.  We make sure they know how to rotate, find books at their level, navigate the software... the list goes on and on.  With all this time well spent, it can be jarring when we get a new student after all our introduction activities have already happened.  The new students have missed so much!  How can we possibly hope to cover all that they weren't…
Posted by Scott Toonder on September 20 2017 at 10:25 AM
Finding ways to get the Modeled and Independent Reading Group operating smoothly can be one of the most important, and hardest, jobs of the READ 180 teacher.There are so many important protocols for the students  to get comfortable with that it can be overwhelming for them, as well as you. The kids need to know how to:Fill out their Reading Logs Find appropriately-leveled paperback booksComplete Quickwrites and graphic organizerTake quizzes on Reading Counts!And that's just to…
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…