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Posted by Sally Doulton on November 28 2012 at 3:34 AM
How long does it take to complete System 44?A question students, parents, teachers, and administrators often ask regarding the implementation of System 44 regards the length of time required for a student to master the System 44 program.  There seems to be a race to get students in and out of intensive reading programs in a year. I understand this race. We want our test scores to increase as well as have more published data/success stories to report. We also want our students to learn how…
Posted by Sally Doulton on November 25 2012 at 8:15 PM
This Blog is by Sally Doulton. There seems to be a race to get students in and out of intensive reading programs in a year.  I understand this race. We want our test scores to increase as well as have more published data/success stories to report. We also want our students to learn how to read!  System 44 is an outstanding program and when implemented effectively, students who exit the program will truly have the skills to become successful life-long readers. There are many variables…
Posted by Sally Doulton on November 09 2012 at 3:47 PM
How important is it to teach the S.M.A.R.T. (Strategies for Metacognition, Academic Language, Reading, and Thinking) lessons during class?  Also, what is the value of teaching students more complex academic language terms such as: inflectional word endings, digraphs, and diphthongs? Most of us teach the basic terms, like vowels, consonants and syllables, but I wonder if I am alone with not addressing the more complex terms with my students. I always assumed that my students were learning…
Posted by Sally Doulton on October 12 2012 at 12:47 AM
Stress or success is what I communicated to a parent as she related her child’s tremendous difficulty with managing the demands of Middle School work.  There is stress in the home and stress at school, and it seems that after four weeks of classes, no one, especially this adolescent, is experiencing any success.  The problem, as I see it, is that this student cannot make good sense of text: He is a developing decoder and he finds great difficulty with distinguishing relevant and…
Posted by Community Manager on October 11 2012 at 12:42 AM
I would like to introduce you to my little “I can’t do it” guy,  Everardo.  He is an ELL and SPED third grade student.  He does basically nothing in other classes and has had three surgeries for a cleft pallet.  He is very nasally due to allergies, but he did it, he worked his way through Series one and was able to read the Success story! When we listened to his final recording together I saw Everardo do something I had never seen him do before, he smiled and giggled. …
Posted by Daniel Roberts on June 06 2012 at 1:39 PM
Remember the Special Ones! On June 1st I graduated my 37th student from System 44 for this school year.  Although it will not be the most memorable graduation it will be one of the most meaningful ones.  Earlier in the year I introduced you to my friend Gabe.  Gabe is one of those hard cases that few teachers are able to tolerate.  He comes from a tough home life, has a severely negative attitude and his attendance at school just stinks!  He was absent over 50 days this…
Posted by Daniel Roberts on May 30 2012 at 12:34 PM
The end of the school year is quickly approaching which means our reading programs will soon be closing down for summer.  Our classes will be empty and our reading instructional time will be over for this school year.  But, it’s not over because it’s over!  Now, more than ever, we need to stay focused on our students and their needs and be advocates for proper placement for their continued success.Last year administration placed my students in their reading classes for this…
Posted by Community Manager on April 16 2012 at 3:14 PM
The end of the school year is quickly approaching.  With that we are starting to look forward to new beginnings next year.  In our school discussions a question was presented to me that I have never been asked nor have I asked it in 28 years of education.  I would like to pose that same question to you and hear how our experts would respond.  Hopefully we will be able to compile all the great answers and eventually come up with perfection to share with everybody. Once we…
Posted by Community Manager on February 17 2012 at 1:59 PM
Have you ever had a day as a READ 180/System 44 teacher where you have felt quite alone? When you realize what you’re teaching is completely different from the other teachers at your school? Well my friends, you are not alone. I’m here to offer you a couple of tips to help you connect with your colleagues and the resources that are available for READ 180 and System 44.  If you are willing to write occasional sub plans, meet with people after school and look in places many of us don’t…
Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 3:01 PM
The long Winter break has ended and now you have a classroom full of students who may be disappointed that Santa didn’t bring them what they wanted for Christmas, or the break was not long enough for them to truly rest or they are too tired from all the fun they had on their break or they just aren’t ready to be back in the classroom.  Whatever the reason you now have a classroom of low readers who really don’t want to be there.  They are dragging and unmotivated.  Your job now…