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Posted by Debbie Lee on June 21 2017 at 9:39 AM
I am ready for vacation, as I am sure you are too!  With the school year so busy and demanding, I need time to chill, to decompress, and enjoy my family and friends who have patiently waited for my full attention this summer.  However, as a realist, I know that throughout the summer there will be times when I see something that inspires me and makes me wonder how I could use it to improve my students, classes, and curriculum delivery.  If you find yourself in an exploring mood…
Posted by Debbie Lee on May 29 2017 at 11:01 AM
As we wrap up our final workshops, these thoughts may cross your mind: "What can we do in the remaining short time?  What can we do that will keep students interested, involved, and learning between now and the end of the school year?"INDEPENDENT STUDY This year, with the anticipated many interruptions of the final weeks of school, knowing I would never have time to do another workshop justice, I turned my READ 180 classroom into an independent study classroom where students work in 20…
Posted by Debbie Lee on May 14 2017 at 12:50 PM
In our READ 180 classrooms, it is important that we differentiate and individualize instruction for our students.  One way to do this is to use Google Classroom's new feature by assigning specific students to an assignment. Only the students selected will see their assignments. This is great if assigning students' work in different skills, or on different levels. Google Classroom's new feature is also invaluable when students are writing essays or completing a research project where they…
Posted by Debbie Lee on April 17 2017 at 1:39 PM
If you are like me, you have digital resources for each of your workshops scattered all over. My intentions are good; I promise myself that at the end of each workshop I will put everything together, and for my hard copies, I'm fairly good at keeping track of them.  It's all my digital resources that get the better of me.Digital resources come from all over. I may use a plethora of websites: READ 180 Community, YouTube, digital news articles, etc., plus files in Google Docs and/or Dropbox.…
Posted by Debbie Lee on April 02 2017 at 2:20 PM
As an English teacher, since I've been teaching READ 180, I miss reading class novels with my students. I understand and support the very valid reasons behind having students read independently, but I still miss class novels. That said, there is still a valid way to fit in a class novel before the end of the year. As teachers begin to wrap up the school year in the last quarter, with thought and planning, Marking Period 4 can be the ideal time to add a class novel to reinvigorate and motivate…
Posted by Debbie Lee on March 19 2017 at 2:33 PM
Are your students, like mine, vocabulary poor?  Do they have a large "vocabulary gap?"  Having a wide vocabulary is one factor that helps students in reading and writing. However, many students lack the vocabulary knowledge needed to take them to the next level.Our rBooks and ReaL Books give students many opportunities with academic and target vocabulary, but students still need more. More vocabulary.  More  connections.  More general knowledge. WORD…
Posted by on February 26 2017 at 11:27 AM
In a previous blog, I explained how my students use textual evidence to respond to their Writing Zone Prompts. At the end of Trimester 2, almost every student is now writing six plus sentence responses with evidence. Today, I would like to share some examples of their work.Sometimes, students are asked to rewrite their Writing Zone compositions because they are missing textual evidence or have many grammatical errors. Here is an example of how rewriting improved my student T.M's original…
Posted by Debbie Lee on February 05 2017 at 2:59 PM
With the coming of the half-way point in this school year, students should be well ensconced in our class routines: Whole Group, Small Group, READ 180 Software, and even Independent Reading.  However, no matter how routine the routines become, I always find there is room for reflection and improvement.  If students are not self-guided in your classroom routines, or still show some confusion at times, it is up to us, their teachers, to make sure we clarify and rethink those areas that…
Posted by Debbie Lee on January 29 2017 at 2:29 PM
For some, writing comes easy. Words flow into sentences; sentences flow into paragraphs; paragraphs become essays or research papers or books.  For others, this symbiotic relationship does not exist. Many of these students end up in our READ 180 classrooms.Reading and writing are reciprocal processes - reading improves one's writing and writing improves one's reading.  For many, this relationship functions well and, as students learn to read and/or write more complex texts, the…
Posted by Debbie Lee on January 15 2017 at 5:02 PM
One of the most wished for improvements to READ 180 Next Generation is the ability for students to go back and edit their Writing Zone paragraphs.  This year, I realized there is an easy way students can edit and revise them through their school emails, or with its recent improvements, Google Classroom. For the past several years, I have saved students' Writing Zone paragraphs to show their progress in writing.  I use this progress as my NJ Student Growth Objective (SGO).…