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 are not working as expected. And even if students are self-guided, that doesn't mean we should accept the status quo. There is always room for improvement.
Back in September 2016, I posted my "Independent Reading HELP!" blog with tips and tricks to a successful Independent Reading Rotation. Since then, I have made some adjustments and improvements, which I would like to share.
HOW MANY BOOKS CAN MY STUDENTS READ EACH MARKING PERIOD?
I have found that students can easily read books totaling 13 book points a marking period. Many students can and will read more. However, for our most reluctant readers (usually the majority of students in our READ 180 classes), book points equivalent to 1 pt every 3 days is doable and is not overwhelming. Therefore, a 3pt book would be completed within 9 days inclusive.
HOW CAN I BE SURE STUDENTS ARE READING WITH COMPREHENSION?
We have all been there. A student drags out their reading, and then fails the quiz. At the beginning of the school year, many may try to pull the wool over my eyes, but they soon realize reading is a requirement - and an important chunk of their grade: 20% of their MP grade + part of the 10% participation grade.
In order to keep students on track and identify those who are struggling in independent reading, when a student finishes a book, they have to complete the 30 question study guide (All 30 quiz questions in SAM).
WHY ARE ALL YOUR IMAGES PINK?
You can find the resources mentioned in this blog HERE.
How have you adapted and adjusted your Independent Reading Rotation since the beginning of the year?
January 1, 2014
It has been a while since I have updated my profile, so long that I had to search to find the edit button! I continue to teach three READ 180 classes this school year, which I absolutely love, after one-year of teaching 2 READ 180/English 1 blocks and one ICS English 1. The 2013-2014 school year is my 7th year teaching READ 180/English 1, and my 20th year as a SPED teacher.
Oakcrest High School is one of three regional high schools in southern South Jersey. At Oakcrest, I teach a combined RC English 1/READ 180 90 minute course (10 credits) to freshmen special education students whose skills range from being on grade level to 5 or 6 years behind grade level. My district mainly uses the READ 180 curriculum for SPED freshmen who are not ready for the gen ed curriculum, either because of learning or moderate behavioral disabilities. About half of my students move from the RC placement to an ICS placement for English in their sophomore year.
I have enjoyed writing the Stage C READ 180 Blog for the past two years, sharing my classroom with the READ 180 Community Members. Check out all my blogs HERE. In my blog, I try to respond to questions I see in the Community Message Boards, as well as questions from READ 180 Teachers, and things I have tried and found successful in my own READ 180 classrooms. In my blog, I also try to focus on the Common Core and Next Generation Assessment skills our students will need, sharing tips and enhancements I have made in my classes to help prepare my SPED students. Last summer, I was also invited to serve on the Scholastic READ 180 Advisory Board in NYC, and learned about some of the amazing things Scholastic is implementing to help introduce our students to the Common Core and Next Gen. Assessments, which were the topic of my December 2013 blog: Stretch 2 Supports Common Core Reading & Writing.
During the last READ 180 National Summer Institute in New Orleans during July 2012, I presented one of my class best practices to many of the READ 180 teachedrs attending the conference. You can find information and resources from that presentation in my blog HERE. The folder system outlined my "Success" Blog is easy to set up and easy for students to use and teachers to implement.
Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the upcoming 2014 NSI in Florida as the new dates conflict with my annual family vacation in Duck, NC.
Besides the enhanced focus on the Common Core, this year my students have been blogging about their books with two other READ 180 classes. Students have enjoyed blogging and, although we had to take a break the last few weeks, they are looking forward to picking it back up and restart their blogging this month.