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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…
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,…