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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. …
Posted by Scholastic Admin on February 22 2012 at 4:53 PM
It’s more than halfway through the school year and, if you’re like me, your room is just starting to run as smoothly as you designed it to run. You spent nearly a month at the beginning of the year teaching routines and the past several months reinforcing them.  The kids finally seem to have everything down.  They know where everything is and they’re following the procedures you’ve ground into them.  And now you’re getting a new student! You can’t go back to those first three…
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…