Stage C
Some(mer) Things to Explore

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 this summer, perhaps some of my favorite resources will also inspire you. If you have new resources to share, I would love to explore your favorites.  


Michael Linsin's blogs have been an invaluable resource to me as a high school teacher with behavior management challenges.  His behavior management strategies target students of all grades and ages and helps put teacher back in control of their classrooms.  Check out his blogs and sign up to have them emailed weekly. I guarantee his strategies will help.


Lexiled current events articles, many with quizzes, similar to the READ 180 eReads. These make great homework, substitute, and workshop connection assignments.


Short reading articles are used to assesses students' reading and assign them short reading articles and quizzes.  Students move up levels based on their quiz scores, which is a great way for students to see their immediate improvement.


No Red Ink builds stronger writers through interest-based curriculum, adaptive exercises, and actionable data. Teachers can individualized instruction based on student strengths and weaknesses. 


have you ever listened to a student read their written work aloud as if it were not riddled with errors, missing punctuation, and misspellings? Teaching students do use this text-to-speech reader will help them really hear their mistakes. Once introduced, it becomes an automatic go-to resource for my students in all their classes when writing with a computer.


Have you used Google Classroom with your students yet? If you have, great! If not, check it out and see what you are missing! I use Google Classroom for all written compositions and project work.


Shake Up Learning's Kasey Bell knows all things Google. If your school uses Google's free suite of apps and email, between Shake Up Learning and Alice Keeper, their blogs, videos, and resources will answer all your questions - even those you didn't think to ask!


Symbaloo is my favorite resource webpage that puts you totally in control.  Create one page for each of your ReaL Book or rBook Workshops and 44Book Modules. Save websites, Google or Dropbox Folders, YouTube videos, links to an Educator Community Resource, etc., for quick and easy access to everything you will need to teach your READ 180 curriculum.


Find free resources designed for your READ 180 classroom. You can also add your resources and make them available to other educators who, like you, are looking for materials to use with their READ 180 classes.


READ 180 teachers can find free and paid resources, some specific to your READ 180 needs, on this widely-used site.


Teacher and author Kelly Gallagher is one of my go-to mentors and resources for teaching reading, writing, and general knowledge. Check out his website's books, resources (articles of the week), and blogs. His book, Readicide, and a workshop he presented on modeling writing to students are constantly on my mind. Check out his Resources page for his Articles of the Week program.  If his articles are above your students' reading levels, try substituting Newsela articles (linked above).


And don't forget to go to the READ 180 Community and check out some of the blogs that you might have missed. There are 5 years or more of blogs from READ 180 teachers Sally, Andrea, Scott, Tashena, and Debbie (me).  We all share helpful tips for all levels of READ 180, not just the level they post under. So check out each blogger's posts; I guarantee you will find something new, interesting, and helpful.


Do you have a unique or complicated question about READ 180? AskDee can help, or direct you to someone (i.e. technology) who will be able to assist.

This weekend, I am off to the Model Schools Conference in Nashville to meet and celebrate the 2017 180 Award Winners and then a long-awaited July vacation. I will be back in August to help you all get started with your 2017-2018 school year.  

Enjoy your vacations! And maybe take Some(mer) Time to Explore as you begin to prepare for the year ahead.  If you think of any topic you would like to see discussed in a blog, please comment below. 

Stage C READ 180 Educator

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.

CryUnfortunately, 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. Cry

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.