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Posted by Tashena Vickers on July 31 2014 at 3:30 PM
Fortunate is an understatement to how it felt to be able to attend my third National Summer Institute (NSI). It is invigorating to hear relevant and knowledgable speakers, attend professional development that I can take right into my classroom and put to work, as well as meet amazing READ 180 and System 44 teachers and staff from around the country. I use a wide variety of motivators in my classroom and I am sure it is because I appreciate being motivated. I knew I could count on some great…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on July 16 2014 at 6:20 PM
Whether you are in your first year teaching READ 180 or you are a seasoned veteran, reflection is what helps us continue to improve our teaching and in turn improve our students’ achievements. Daily we have those general reflections – It was a great day! or Oh my, I hope tomorrow is better. However, purposeful reflection on your year is an excellent way to pinpoint specific fidelity markers that will guide you in making meaningful improvements to your classroom.  I remember when I was…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on June 06 2014 at 3:13 PM
The end of year is the absolute busiest times for most teachers. As I am administering the last SRI of the year, I am constantly thinking forward to what next year will be like. Who is staying, who is graduating, and who are the new students that will fill the classroom in just a few short months? If you are in a small district where you may be the only Stage B READ 180 teacher this task may be pretty simple. However, for larger districts this can be an overwhelming task. One of the things we…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on May 23 2014 at 1:57 PM
If you have hours upon hours, I can tell you some amazing stories about the incredible progress that my students have made in READ 180. In fact, I have some specific students and circumstances so ingrained in my memory I do not believe I will ever forget the student, their story, their struggle, their journey, their triumph, nor our parting. However, as we are finishing up our year, I have my students sit down to reflect in their own words about how things have changed for them since they have…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on April 23 2014 at 12:02 PM
Test taking itself can be very stressful for students, especially when they are struggling readers. Then, we throw high stakes assessments in the mix and these students are extremely overwhelmed. We are well equipped to support these students in order to ease their anxiety and help them prepare physically and mentally to do their very best on these tests.Here are a few tips for helping students prepare for high stakes testing. Discuss the details of the upcoming assessment: When is the…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on April 02 2014 at 12:59 PM
We all know that setting goals is an important step on the way to success. Setting goals in READ 180 gives students a clear picture of where they are and where they need to be.  Goal setting is often something we do at the beginning of the year. However, using new goals towards the end of the year and/or reviewing the progress on goals already set can also be a great motivator for the students who might be struggling with Spring Fever. There are several resources in SAM that can help you…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on March 17 2014 at 6:28 PM
In meetings and at Parent/Teacher Conferences this year, I have consistently had parents asking for more materials to send home with their students.  Next Generation offers an excellent resource for students to continue the work they do in the classroom at home - and students can access eReads at home. What is an eRead? It is article length reading that is related to the topic software the students are currently working on or have previously completed. Just as you would expect,…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on March 04 2014 at 5:03 PM
With several months of school left, it may be a little difficult to think about summer professional development. However, the 2014 National Summer Institute is approaching quickly. This year Scholastic has partnered with Model Schools Conference to offer top-notch instruction to guide and inspire educators from all of the United States.  Whether you teach READ 180 or System 44 there will be a variety of sessions to enhance your instruction. This year’s conference will be held on June 22-25…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on February 02 2014 at 12:55 AM
What makes a Scholastic All-Star? Becoming a successful reader is certainly a common theme for past All-Star nominees and winners, but every student that walks through the doorway of a READ 180 classroom is unique. Some students come to us struggling just a little and then there are some that are faced with multiple challenges yet they still have the drive to keep working towards success. It is the unique stories of each of our students that create an All-Star.In 2012, I nominated one of my…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on January 13 2014 at 12:29 PM
There are times in life when you look back on a moment and realize you had no clue how much it was going to change your world. I remember sitting in my principal’s office and he was telling me about a new reading intervention program that he wanted me to teach. Three and a half years have passed and accepting the READ 180 teacher position has been a glorious adventure I feel blessed to be on. This 2013-2014 school year is my sixth year teaching at Joplin’s South Middle School, and this my…