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Posted by Noelle Morris on September 05 2017 at 5:47 PM
Isn’t it fabulous to be a teacher today? We get to approach instruction in an innovative way, blend methods and delivery, ask questions, complete formative assessments, and differentiate all while observing in real-time the return on our instructional investments. High-fives to everyone. You are getting ready to throw up a high-five or fist bump, right? Don’t leave me hanging.Wait, I have started rambling in blog-time excitement without taking a moment to introduce myself and set the tone. See,…
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Posted by Amy Dendinger on September 12 2017 at 3:13 PM
16 years ago, our country watched in disbelief as the attacks on the World Trade Center unfolded before our eyes, broadcasted across the United States. For today’s generation of students though, there is a veil of mystery behind the events that took place that fateful September morning.  Thanks to a program by the Tiffin-Seneca Library, Tiffin Middle School students will be reading the book “Thunder Dog” by Michael Hingson as part of their Community Read initiative. Students in 6th, 7th,…
Posted by on September 11 2017 at 1:57 PM
The start of the school year is a good time to reflect on reading goals for students. And where goals are discussed, reading levels, word counts, and subject tags are not far behind. Let’s separate two kinds of reading: instructional and independent. The kind of reading you find in academic texts and assessments requires classroom preparation, close understanding, and focused comprehension. When kids choose their own reading material, that book or website is viewed with different expectations,…
Posted by Community Manager on September 11 2017 at 1:54 PM
Educators can list many obstacles to independent reading. Rows of books and lists of assigned texts overwhelm students. Reading in silence feels lonely and cut off from peers. Teachers and students have to square academic expectations and appropriateness with kids’ genuine interests and cultural references. Young people may fear being called out on their ignorance, and often lack role models who prize discovery over certainty. With all these hurdles, how can schools overcome kids’ resistance to…
Posted by Debbie Lee on September 10 2017 at 8:31 PM
By this point in your school year, you may be looking for one or more of these helpful videos to enhance your First Three Weeks instruction in the READ 180 Classroom. Even for students who have already had READ 180 last year, it is helpful for them to revisit the software, Reading Inventory, Phonics Inventory and overall structure of your class instruction.Most of the videos are found on the Video Page here in the Community, but they are somewhat buried.  Below, I have linked the most…
Posted by Sally Doulton on September 10 2017 at 7:47 PM
An organized Open House is essential for conveying the most important components of your 180 class to parents, especially when you only have 10 - 20 minutes to accomplish this. First impressions are vital, and they greatly influence parental involvement throughout the school year.  When you have an organized Open House, you will have less stress and have more time to engage with parents in matters that are most important.  Read these tips and see which ones will help you…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on September 09 2017 at 11:11 AM
Get ready for the "First Three Weeks with READ 180"!The following ideas can be used throughout the first three weeks back in school. The activities help to build community within the classroom. When students feel welcome in a classroom and feel at home, they are more likely to listen to you and challenge themselves throughout the year. We all have striving readers that haven't had the greatest successes in school, so we need to build a culture of greatness where students make strides to…
Posted by Amy Dendinger on September 08 2017 at 7:45 PM
My first year teaching was like many educators' -- all about survival. In the beginning, we do what we must to keep our heads above water while establishing classroom systems, behavior management, building relationships with our students, and I almost forget - teaching. But early on in my career I was fortunate enough to meet a group of educators at a conference that saved me. It was at this conference that I discovered Personal Learning Networks and the power of social media to connect with…
Posted by Scott Toonder on September 07 2017 at 12:09 PM
Many struggling readers don't know what to do when their comprehension gets off track. For some, not properly processing the text is simply the norm. Others may be aware when they are not understanding what they read, but may not have the skillset necessary to go back and fix it.Including a number of "Fix-Up" comprehension strategies into your First Three Weeks of instruction can be a great way to begin the process of shaping your students into conscientious and attentive readers.What I Teach…
Posted by Noelle Morris on September 05 2017 at 5:47 PM
Isn’t it fabulous to be a teacher today? We get to approach instruction in an innovative way, blend methods and delivery, ask questions, complete formative assessments, and differentiate all while observing in real-time the return on our instructional investments. High-fives to everyone. You are getting ready to throw up a high-five or fist bump, right? Don’t leave me hanging.Wait, I have started rambling in blog-time excitement without taking a moment to introduce myself and set the tone. See,…
Posted by Debbie Lee on August 28 2017 at 2:28 PM
Do your students have a class folder or binder? Is there key information you would like students to have at their fingertips?  If so, check out this Student Resource Folder. For the past several years, I have created custom folders for my students for their reference. By mid-year, students' folders are their go-to resource. When a transition or signal word is needed, folders are right there! Sentence work?  Yep. Writing Zone? Yes! Using textual evidence? Absolutely! The folders are…