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Posted by Scott Toonder on August 17 2012 at 10:57 AM
The READ 180 instructional model is designed to be implemented within an uninterrupted 90-minute block.  However, in this age of RTII and countless other scheduling conflicts, scheduling a full 90-minute READ 180 block is becoming increasingly difficult. You may walk into school on day one and find yourself looking at schedule that doesn’t look big enough to hold a proper READ 180 classroom. How can you be expected to teach a ninety-minute class in sixty minutes? Don’t start pulling your…
Posted by Scott Toonder on August 02 2012 at 11:23 PM
With the summer ALREADY winding down, it’s a good idea to take the time to review the “Red Routines” you’ll be using through the coming year.  The Red Routines Scholastic has included in the rBook and throughout other aspects of the READ 180 program are research based best practices.  They can have a huge impact on your students growth, but only if you implement you in ways that BOTH you and your students feel comfortable with. To help get your mind flowing, here are two of the…
Posted by Scott Toonder on July 05 2012 at 3:38 PM
Getting to know all the pieces of your READ 180 classroom and how they fit together can be powerful and challenging.  Learning how to fit those pieces into an integrated model where System 44 is running simultaneously can be even more powerful, but at first glance it can feel like an impossible task. If you are asked to run an integrated System 44 and READ 180 model, remember (as the hitchhiker’s guide says)... DON’T PANIC! The flexibility and flow of both programs make them ideal to…
Posted by Scott Toonder on June 21 2012 at 3:10 PM
As previously mentioned, I beleive Independent Reading to be incalcuably powerful.  However, I also believe this rotation can be the hardest to set up, implement, and manage.  Even with impecable organization and careful instruction during those all-important first three weeks, this group presents unique problems.  Getting to know the books in the library can give you a real edge.  So... If you haven't raided your READ 180 library for some summer reading material,…
Posted by Scott Toonder on June 07 2012 at 8:39 AM
After many months of frustration, determination, and accomplishment, it’s time to say farewell to our READ 180 students.  In the turmoil of packing up our rooms, taking inventory, and breathing a well-deserved sigh of relief, it is easy to forget just how important the final impression we leave our students with can be. But remember... “The way you say goodbye is just as important as the way you say hello.”   Take the time to celebrate your students’ accomplishments.  What…
Posted by Scott Toonder on May 28 2012 at 10:49 AM
We all know how important it is to have our room in perfect order when the kids walk in that first day of school.  We know how many materials there are to gather and prepare, especially in a READ 180 classroom.  And we know how long it can take for things to come in that we’ll need.   So here’s my advice:  Don’t wait until next year to get it already!  Start NOW!   Many districts have an “End of the Year Checklist” that they give their Read 180 teachers.  But…
Posted by Scott Toonder on April 28 2012 at 8:03 AM
Motivating students for assessments at the end of the year can be a daunting task.  Even students who have worked hard for us all year start to show signs of fatigue.   As they look to the summer, it's hard for them to focus on test!   However, the final Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) of the year will be the one by which we will judge the students’ success this year... and how administrators will judge our effectiveness.  The impact of motivation on any assessment…
Posted by Scott Toonder on April 10 2012 at 7:29 PM
The Scholastic Reading Counts! (SRC!) program is a powerful assessment and monitoring tool.  It includes multiple-choice tests for every book in your READ 180 library, as well as many other titles.  It can help monitor instruction and is a key compenent in determining grades.  Yet, there are some things to keep in my mind if you are going to use it to its full capacity.   SRC! features in the Scholastic Achievement Manager offers many setting and report options. …
Posted by Scott Toonder on March 20 2012 at 1:45 PM
The rSkills Tests measure student progress for Whole- and Small-Group Instruction. The results are valuable for determining mastery of comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary skills covered in the rBook and, therefore, can be crucial in guiding differentiation and instruction. However, since the rSkills Tests are given periodically, generally after the completion of two full workshops, and because they monitor the aspects of the program over that you have the most control over, the rSkills Tests…
Posted by Scott Toonder on March 07 2012 at 4:14 PM
If your school is lucky enough to have both READ 180 and System 44 programs, there will probably come a time when one of your System 44 students is showing signs that they’re ready to move into the READ 180 program. This can occur when... A student finishes all 25 System 44 Series. A students Lexile raises above 400. If the student completes the entire System 44 curriculum, you have any easy decision.  The student cannot, and should not, be placed back into the System 44 program. …