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Posted by Tashena Vickers on January 20 2015 at 5:47 PM
The student is getting logged on appropriately, check. They are focused, check. They appear hard at work, check. Their software level is within their instructional level based on their Lexile, check. But, why are they rarely getting to the Success Zone? Even though I have had this scenario play out in my mind with several students, I still find that I always have to be looking for my students who get lost in the Spelling Zone. In my classroom I have noticed that when students are on the…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on December 31 2014 at 12:56 PM
It is an exciting time of the school year! We have finished our midyear Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) and it is so fun to see some of my students still floating on Cloud 9 because they have already shown amazing progress. Yet, after our midyear SRI and the holidays, even students who have been hard workers and made good progress seem to lose some steam. I want to keep my students motivated so they benefit from every day in class.One of the motivators I use for modeled and independent…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on November 24 2014 at 6:01 PM
Four years ago, I was gifted a subscription to Scholastic Action Magazine. My students absolutely loved it. The content is rich with articles and a variety of activities that are high interest and relevant to my students. There are online resources and bonus materials that open the door for using the magazine as, not just a source of pleasure reading, but a tool to teach with. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this resource I would highly recommend it.One of my favorite parts of the…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on November 19 2014 at 3:15 PM
My favorite compliment to hear from teachers who teach my exiting READ 180 students is, “They have an awesome vocabulary!” We know that if our students have limited vocabulary, then their comprehension suffers greatly. All of our students, including our English Language Learners, need more exposure to vocabulary. As with all of our READ 180 Stage B Resources, LBook is another vitally important tool used to build vocabulary and background knowledge, practice application of comprehension…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on November 11 2014 at 1:10 PM
With the holidays around the corner and flu season underway, it's important to be prepared for unexpected personal or sick days. When it comes to a day out of my classroom, I can easily get overwhelmed with getting lesson plans ready for the substitute. As READ 180 teachers we spend a significant amount of time learning the program and planning our classes. We spend weeks getting our students and ourselves into an efficient and productive routine. It is difficult to write a quick summary so…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on October 15 2014 at 9:25 PM
Parent/Teacher Conferences are quickly approaching and as I was typing up a letter that had multiple websites and instructions for each one, I realized that what I had prepared to send home was certainly going to be overwhelming for parents.  I needed a way to get this important information to parents, but it had to be easier to access. Several of the teachers in my building have Weebly websites for their classes. In the past I have considered making one, but really wasn’t sure the…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on September 29 2014 at 5:46 PM
Have you ever said something over and over all day long? Of course you have, you're a teacher! As much as I love the workshops in the rBook, after several years, it can feel monotonous.  I enjoy each year having a new group of students who will ask questions that have never been asked before and put their unique spin on responses in whole and small group. However, sometimes I really just want to add something new, but it’s not easy to find the time to create and gather new resources solely…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on September 11 2014 at 1:52 PM
There is something just so absolutely incredible that you feel when students achieve real, measurable, and observable success in your classroom. I have to admit when my students are successful it makes me feel successful. I have experienced an immeasurable amount of joy watching my students go from struggling to soaring. There have been students who were brought to tears and students who have jumped up down with excitement when they reached their goals. However, there are times when even though…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on August 29 2014 at 12:38 PM
I absolutely love beginning a new school year! I really believe this is because I can’t wait to share with my new students my own story of learning to love reading. Not all, but the majority of my students either say they don’t read or they don’t like reading. I enjoy the look of disbelief on their faces when I tell them, “it’s okay, I hated reading in middle school.” So they aren’t confused too long, I quickly explain to them about how I didn’t even independently read a chapter book until I…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on August 15 2014 at 3:49 PM
The start of a new school year is so EXCITING! We are planning, organizing, and arranging. There is often so much that needs purchased and like many school budgets, it may fall on you to do the necessary purchasing. Not only that, but often we know that there are some of our students whose families are not in a position financially to purchase school supplies. Have you heard of DonorsChoose.org? This is an incredible online charity that is a facilitator between teachers/students who need…