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Posted by Sally Doulton on January 24 2018 at 5:22 PM
When you think of graphic novels, you probably imagine bright colorful comic books or maybe short books composed of simple text with numerous pictures that may not resemble real reading for your students. Well, think again!Read 180 Universal's inclusion of graphic novels sparked a movement I could never have ever anticipated for the incorporation of more graphic novels in my classroom.  Students who frequently abandoned books and read with poor intonation, suddenly became avid readers when…
Posted by Sally Doulton on December 03 2017 at 7:01 PM
Want to increase the focus of your students during Whole-Group Instruction? How about teaching your Whole-Group ReaL Book lesson without being confined to the teacher computer and/ or pressing tabs directly onto your interactive board? Better yet, imagine being able to walk around your classroom while displaying text, vocabulary words, writing instruction, and videos while providing support to individual student needs as the lesson is displayed. READ 180 Universal allows the classroom teacher…
Posted by Sally Doulton on November 26 2017 at 3:53 PM
When a student asked me how he could get pomegranate stains off of his favorite sweatshirt after a student threw one at him in the hallway, I answered, "Why don't you just Google it"?. "What?" he asked. I replied, "Just take out your phone and find ways to remove pomegranate stains from clothing. Then try to remove the stains with the tips that you learned." I then suggested that he present his findings to the class on Friday along with before and after photos of the project. Hmm...I thought,…
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 July 10 2017 at 8:34 PM
Summer break is a glorious and needed time to unwind. There are days when it feels so good to not think about school at all. However, for many of us those days are few and far between. Reflection on the past year, both the positives and the negatives, is so valuable. Regardless of how the year went, I can't help but think about how I can make the next year even better. Often I have hear co-workers complain about summer workshops or professional development. I can understand, having…
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…