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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…
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…