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Posted by Tashena Vickers on July 18 2016 at 7:41 PM
Decorating my classroom so that it is colorful and fun is important to me. When students who don’t have my class, walk by and catch a glimpse, I hear over and over, “I wish I had this class!” It is exactly what I want for my students to hear, their classmates are interested in what is going on in our classroom based on what they see. I’m so glad that READ 180 comes with so many posters and print-ables that can be used to decorate with a purpose. We refer to the Independent Reading Books posters…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on January 21 2016 at 2:42 PM
Last year I got a new student during the second quarter. He was an 8th grader whose Lexile was 466. He was older and taller than most 8th graders and he had a difficult time fitting in and finding friends. We also struggled to find books that he wasn’t just reading, but that he could connect with and enjoy. After Christmas break he asked me about doing his first audiobook. It was exciting that he wanted the challenge of reading a higher level book and I was comfortable with him reading it…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on January 07 2016 at 10:31 PM
In ITS Part 1, there is information that shows how incredibly helpful ITS can be when planning for lessons at school and at home. The ITS is also a vital part of how I teach my whole and small group lessons. If you haven't ever used ITS for this, there is a button at the top of the page that looks like a camera and when you hover on it with your mouse it says, "Toggle Presentation Mode." This button takes you from planning to presenting and your students will love it!In this view, the ITS…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on January 07 2016 at 9:38 PM
I am ecstatic about having an amazing rBook TE (Teacher's Edition). Let's face the facts though, it's not what we would consider light as a feather. When I don't have a zillion things on my to do list, I can sit down during my plan time and dig into the TE to prepare for my lessons, however there are many days where my to do list out lasts my plan time. I want and my students need for me to be prepared for class. This is why the ITS has been an incredible tool that frees me from having to take…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on December 28 2015 at 1:06 AM
Don’t we just love those students who walk in the door of our classroom prepared, ready to get to work, eager to learn, and best of all focused! I have some amazing students, however when I don’t have a plan for them, they always have a plan for themselves. Unfortunately, for the most part their plan goes something like – walk in the classroom and visit with friends. I needed to have a routine for getting my students to prepare and focus as soon as they walk in the classroom, while I am…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on August 20 2015 at 11:20 AM
  One of my favorite things about working in a district that with many other READ 180 teachers is that I get to regularly hear and see amazing things that they're doing. As a Stage B teacher, there are times when I have students who continue onto Stage C in high school. This could make me very nervous because my students are very special to me and after getting to invest in them, I want so much to see them continue to progress in reading. I know how essential a great teacher is to their…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on May 13 2015 at 1:50 PM
While I know that many of my students are looking forward to summer break because that means, “No school work!” I also know that it is incedibly important for my students who are struggling readers to keep at it over the summer. I need something that is easy, fun, and meaningful to keep my students on track. The last thing I want to do though is create a chore for students that neglects to foster a love of reading. Thankfully, I don’t need to re-invent the wheel: Scholastic has a Summer Reading…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on April 20 2015 at 4:39 PM
Need to know how much that student’s Lexile has grown? There’s a report for that! Need to see what skills should be practiced? There’s a report for that! Need to see who has read the most books this year? There’s a report for that! There is rarely a question that pops into my head about my students’ progress and achievement that there isn’t a report to tell me the answer. Many times I just need a quick glance, but often I print the reports and make notes on them.  There are frequently…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on March 17 2015 at 2:46 PM
With the closure of the 180 Awards nominations last week, hopefully you had the chance to look at your students as a whole and individually to see the incredible progress they have made already this year. I find that even though I may not have chosen to nominate a student, I have so many compelling stories of students who have gone from struggling to thriving in reading. Even though we celebrate success regularly in class, I have seen the importance of sharing the amazing stories of reading…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on February 18 2015 at 11:42 AM
If I am going to be totally honest with you, I would have to admit that my students aren’t the only ones that need a little boost of motivation here and there. Five years ago, when my district implemented READ 180 in our three middle schools, I was overwhelmed to say the least. Thankfully, I was not alone! I met two other teachers in training and they have been great supporters for me, as I hope I am for them. When we get together we discuss resources, glean ideas from each other, and share our…