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Posted by Sally Doulton on November 11 2017 at 3:29 PM
My former blog titled "What Will Your READ 180 Story Be?"  highlighted tips to get your students thinking about how they can make a "180" in your classes this year.  For my students, grasping the concept of making a "180", along with strategies to achieve it, requires constant mini-lessons that remind them of the importance of "Mindset" and how effort and perseverance will help them to achieve both the short- and long-term goals they have for themselves. My students' learning needs…
Posted by Sally Doulton on October 14 2017 at 1:17 PM
"What Will Your READ 180 Story Be?" is a significant question posed to students in the Getting Started Workshop in the READ 180 Universal ReaL Book. For teachers who implement the MATH 180 and System 44 programs, the question can be "What Will Your 180 Story Be?" Using a Backwards Design approach with teaching my struggling learners, I decided to focus a good part of the first weeks of instruction with guiding my students into thinking where they would like to see themselves as learners and…
Posted by Sally Doulton on September 10 2017 at 7:47 PM
An organized Open House is essential for conveying the most important components of your 180 class to parents, especially when you only have 10 - 20 minutes to accomplish this. First impressions are vital, and they greatly influence parental involvement throughout the school year.  When you have an organized Open House, you will have less stress and have more time to engage with parents in matters that are most important.  Read these tips and see which ones will help you…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on June 02 2017 at 4:12 PM
Now that students have taken their final Reading Inventory of the year, we get to focus on the impending summer vacation! I enjoy hearing all the plans that my students have for the summer. Some will be traveling to fun places and visiting family, some already have summer jobs lined up, and some will be hanging around town swimming and being with their friends. What seems to be the furthest thing from their mind is summer reading. During the last few weeks of school, I find it valuable to…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on February 10 2017 at 3:28 PM
There is no doubt that there is never enough time in the school day. From the administrative duties teachers have, to being in front of students teaching a lesson, we have so much on our plates. Having taught READ 180 for almost 7 years now, I know that the more I can present my students with, the more potential they have to get caught up. On the flip side though, I absolutely see the value in taking the time for reflection along the way. I can see the difference in the students'…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on November 29 2016 at 11:10 AM
I am a HUGE believer in motivating my students through recognizing and celebrating their efforts and accomplishments. When someone struggles with something, it sure helps to have someone acknowledge that you are working hard and you are making progress. Certificates are just one of the ways I enjoy showing my students I notice how great they are. Thankfully, there are already certificates in SAM designed for you to personalize a quick and meaningful validation for your students. Certificates…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on October 18 2016 at 5:39 PM
Often, I find that students who don't like reading, just haven't found what they like to read yet. In my own experience with becoming a fluent reader, it was suspenseful, mysterious, and scary books that were my bridge to becoming and avid reader. As an adult, my preference is to read non-fiction, however I enjoy exposing my students to a variety of fiction texts. Workshop #6 - Poe: The Master of Horror is one of the texts in the rBook that makes it so easy to get my students excited…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on August 30 2016 at 7:17 PM
Even though it has been 6 years, I remember opening up my READ 180 boxes to set up my classroom, like it was yesterday. As a special education and reading recovery teacher, I literally scrounged the building for resources and purchased this and that, here and there to serve my students. Having the posters, teaching resources, rBooks, LBooks, and all those paperbacks was like going from eating fast food to five star dining! I was absolutely in heaven with my READ 180 classroom materials. Over…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on July 27 2016 at 6:03 AM
When I started my teaching career, if someone had asked me if I had a desire to implement the newest technology in my classroom, they would have heard a resounding NO! It's not because I don't like technology, but just a few years ago teachers were being asked to implement a lot of technology, many times without a lot of training. Then, I was asked to teach READ 180. Let's just say, I was scared of the idea of having brand new, very expensive computers in my room. Honestly, even though I was…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on July 19 2016 at 3:37 AM
SUMMER BREAK!!! No matter how much teaching is a joy, I absolutely cherish summer break. No matter what I have going on during the break, reflecting on the past year and planning for the next year always consumes a good amount of my thoughts. During the school year, it is so incredibly busy and time just flies by. Although, we have some built in time for professional development during the school year, I look forward to summer PD because I know that I can process and really glean the valuable…