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Posted by Scott Toonder on October 31 2012 at 1:15 PM
The Spelling Zone targets a students spelling needs in a way that no teacher could ever find the time for.  It a truly remarkable tool, but, as is the case with so many of the tools in the READ 180 teacher’s arsenal, understanding it can be the key to trusting it and using it to its fullest potential. What words are my students studying? The students Spelling Zone words are taken directly from their Reading Zone passage.  Students are given a pretest of the words in “Spelling…
Posted by Scott Toonder on October 24 2012 at 11:08 PM
The Word Zone provdies READ 180 students recieve systematic decoding and word recognition instruction.  It's a great tool that can have a huge impact on our students' growth.  But how does it really work and what it is really trying to do?  Gaining a deeper understanding of it can help us make sure our students are getting the most from! What words are my students studying? The over 8,000 words encountered are directly related to the words and word skills they encouter in…
Posted by Scott Toonder on October 03 2012 at 7:53 AM
The Reading Zone is the backbone of the READ 180 software.  It is one of the most important tools in the READ 180 teacher's arsenal, but it can be difficult to find the time to really understand exactly what it does, why it does it, and how it can best help your students. So... here’s some information about that all important Reading Zone software: The Video... Before students encounter their topic passage they watch a short video about the same subject. When the students see the video for…
Posted by Community Manager on September 20 2012 at 4:22 PM
I am a literacy specialist at Marvine Elementary School, an urban school with a high population of at-risk learners.  I have been teaching READ 180 to the school’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders for the past six years and this will be my third year teaching System 44.  I currently teach both stand alone READ 180 classes, as well as integrated System 44 and READ 180 models.  The dramatic changes I see in my students, year after year, make it very easy to get up in the morning.  I…
Posted by Scott Toonder on August 30 2012 at 8:18 PM
Our students need all the extra support... and we definitely need any money we can get our hands on... so when the principal asks if anyone is interested in hosting an after school tutoring program, we READ 180 teachers are usually the first to raise our hands. So... How can you use and adapt the READ 180 program in an after-school setting?  The model is flexible enough that there are probably more ways to do it than I care to write, but here are few ways that I’ve found work really well:…
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…