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Posted by Community Manager on February 22 2012 at 4:34 PM
There are few prouder moments for the READ 180 teacher than when one of our struggling readers is ready to rejoin the regular classroom. But how do you know when its time to exit a student from READ 180?  How do you know when the student is ready? Here are some things to look for: Lexile Score: Should be within the proficiency range designated by your district and state.For me that means...3rd Grade: 500 – 7004th Grade: 600 – 8005th Grade: 700 – 900 FluencyExpression, accuracy, and…
Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 1:43 PM
If your school is anything like my school, as the winter holiday approaches instructional time tends to decrease.  The stream of classroom craft activities, holiday concerts, special assemblies, and holiday parties can make staying in a routine nearly impossible and getting through a READ 180 Workshop grueling to say the least. December days frequently see me left with twenty minutes here or there with my students.  On these days, when running the full READ 180 rotations is impossible…
Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 1:41 PM
In the past, I have made the mistake of waiting till the last few weeks before the state reading exam to begin teaching my students test taking skills presented in the Test-Taking Strategies guide. READ 180 students have a rare opportunity to practice test-taking skills on an ongoing and consistent basis.  The Reading Zone on the Instructional Software, the the book quizzes they take on Scholastic Reading Counts! their ongoing Scholastic Reading Inventory exams, and their rSkills Tests all…
Posted by Community Manager on November 10 2011 at 1:36 PM
The Daily Reading Log can be more than a simple way for students to keep track of their work in the Independent Reading Group.  It can be a powerful comprehension tool. When I first began teaching READ 180, I was often frustrated by the simplistic comments my students were making in the “Notes” section of their Daily Reading Log. I saw comments like “cool” or “boring,” often repeated day after day. I knew this wasn’t helping my students. I knew it was a waste of time.  I knew I had to…
Posted by Community Manager on October 24 2011 at 6:35 PM
The Independent Reading Group is one of the most powerful tools in the READ 180 teacher’s arsenal.  However, it can also be a source of stress. In order to have students reach their full potential, and in order to keep teacher-stress-levels down, the Independent Reading Group must be... well... independent. In the reading group students have an opportunity to take control of their learning.  They have the power of choice and the burden of responsibility, powerful ideas for students…
Posted by Community Manager on October 05 2011 at 6:27 PM
The Instructional Model employed in READ 180 is ideal for differentiation.  Small-Group rotations and a flexible curriculum give us a framework that allows us to easily do what can be a logistical nightmare for other teachers.We have all the tools in front of us!  Yet, this potential can be hampered by the classroom management system we use to group our students. In speaking with and visiting other READ 180 classrooms, I have witnessed two main ways of grouping: 1.  Team…