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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…
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…