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Posted by Debbie Lee on July 04 2012 at 5:01 PM
  This past school year my district upgraded to READ 180 Next Generation.  I love what Scholastic has done to increase rigor and help students improve their reading and writing, as well as the thoughtful support they give teachers and administrators.     With Next Generation, your rBook is aligned to the ELA National Common Core State Standards as well as individual state’s standards with: More critical reading Each rBook text is identified with its Lexile and Text…
Posted by Debbie Lee on June 17 2012 at 12:12 PM
A Lexile Stretch Band and a new READ 180 Student Text Complexity Report are just a few additions and enhancements to our READ 180 world that I hope you will find helpful.  Lexile Stretch Bands According to MetaMetrix, “The text complexity of K-12 textbooks has become increasingly "easier" over the last 50 years…  (However,) the text demands of college and careers have remained consistent or increased over the same time period.” To support the NCCSS, MetaMetrics has realigned its…
Posted by Debbie Lee on May 30 2012 at 10:53 PM
Encourage your students to read all summer for fun, to relax and unwind, and to prevent summer brain drain. Books, Books, and More Books! Does your school have a summer reading requirement of specific books?  If not, print out students’ SRI Recommended Reading Report from SAM, or check out the Scholastic Book Wizard. Using the Book Wizard, teachers can “search by level” to find possible books within a selected Lexile range, interest level, etc., and create your own customized book lists to…
Posted by Debbie Lee on May 07 2012 at 1:57 AM
Bringing students into the digital world is crucial for them to become strong citizens in today’s world.  Schools are beginning to embrace digital technology by allowing students to bring their own device/technology (BYOD/BYOT).  The majority of children now have access to the Internet via cell phones, computers, tablets, Xbox, etc.  Teaching them to use social media in respectful and appropriate ways is important.   Using the Internet to connect students to school…
Posted by Debbie Lee on April 14 2012 at 7:59 PM
This school year I have been asked to participate in a local university’s literacy consortium, made up of teachers and professors from throughout our area.  We have been exploring ways to infuse digital literacy throughout the curriculum to improve all components of literacy and to increase student achievement.  I have come away from this experience with several digital tools, which can be used by teachers to enhance understanding and interest, and by students to show what they have…
Posted by Debbie Lee on March 25 2012 at 8:31 PM
Kindle… Kindle Fire… Nook… iPad… Unlike previous students, this year my students have asked many questions about using eReaders or book apps.  One student asked if he could read Twilight on his iPad, which he brings to school religiously even though he cannot connect to the Internet. Their interest got me thinking about how our students today are growing up in a digital world, one where eBooks will eventually overtake treeBooks.   How could I give my students that eBook…
Posted by Debbie Lee on March 04 2012 at 8:27 PM
Ever try to convince a teenager that they don’t know it all?  Or that it’s important to improve their job prospects by improving their skills, like reading?  What about getting a post-secondary education?  Have you scoured the Internet to find current and convincing data?  Data that isn’t so old students consider it worthless?  I’ve done my share of trying.   Talking to students, researching the right data to help convince them I know what I’ talking…
Posted by Debbie Lee on February 28 2012 at 7:26 PM
The Independent Reading Rotation is probably the most difficult rotation for teachers to manage.  Students tend to not take it seriously – after all, they have made it this far in school without having to really read. Why should they change now?  Right?  Wrong. For the past few years, I have required my students to read a certain number of book points per marking period.  (Points can be found in SAM’s Book tab and are assigned based on the book’s number of words and…
Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 7:22 PM
Have you added non READ 180 books to your library?  Do you have books spread out everywhere?  Are your crates difficult to keep organized?  RETIRE YOUR CRATESOnce you start adding additional books to your library, either with additional  READ 180 book collections or  other books,  the traditional READ 180 Crates become inefficient.  Having a way to organize all your books together is helpful.   I use regular bookcases purchased on the cheap and…
Posted by Debbie Lee on January 16 2012 at 12:47 AM
Have you added non READ 180 books to your library?  Do you have books spread out everywhere?  Are your crates difficult to keep organized?  RETIRE YOUR CRATESOnce you start adding additional books to your library, either with additional  READ 180 book collections or  other books,  the traditional READ 180 Crates become inefficient.  Having a way to organize all your books together is helpful.   I use regular bookcases purchased on the cheap and…