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Posted by Community Manager on August 07 2017 at 2:58 PM
Hi READ 180 and System 44 Community! We’re conducting a nationwide search for some of our best READ 180 and System 44 classrooms for a top-secret video. This is what we’re looking for: Organized READ 180 or System 44 classrooms with distinct rotation stations Fun, comfortable Independent Reading section with digital and print library READ 180 or System 44 teacher who loves being in front of the camera A class with between 15-20 students …
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Posted by Sally Doulton on August 13 2017 at 8:57 PM
This summer, I came across an inspiring and humorous article written by Jennifer Gonzalez titled "Find Your Marigold: The One Essential Rule for New Teachers" that explains the difference between the marigolds and walnut trees in the teaching profession. The principles presented in this text, however, can apply to all people, in all occupations, and all walks of life. Jennifer Gonzalez exhorts teachers to find the marigolds in their school and to stay close to them.  She states, "Having a…
Posted by Debbie Lee on August 13 2017 at 10:28 AM
We have all had students who are reading the same book for weeks on end without seeming to make much if any, progress. Check out this method for an attainable and easy-to-implement schedule for READ 180 students reading any book.   BOOK POINTS: MARKING PERIOD CALENDAR The key is determining how many days students will be reading in the marking period. On my class calendar and a one-page marking period calendar handout, I identify book points, with one point read for every 3 days. (This…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on August 12 2017 at 9:35 AM
Always be mindful of the people around you. Do you know what's going on in your students' lives?Take time to get to know each of your students as individuals. The READ 180 students have hopes, dreams, concerns, worries, people that love them, and careers and families of their own ahead of them. Some of your students might be coming from very difficult situations that you might not know about until you gain their trust. Let all of your students know you are there for them, in and out…
Posted by Debbie Lee on August 09 2017 at 2:46 PM
Are you looking for bulletin board ideas to use in your classroom?  Check out this design that will be relevant all year! Use the same "bones" all year, and just add the title, rBook  or ReaL Book Intro page, workshop components, and standards. Ready to begin your next workshop? It is easy and quick to update the display.MATERIALS NEEDEDSample bulletin board texts: Stage A, Stage B, or Stage C samples and/or 44Book Samples. Tailor to meet your class' needs. rBook or ReaL…
Posted by Community Manager on August 08 2017 at 2:16 PM
Looking for some new classroom decor to brighten up your walls? Download our free Close Reading Classroom Posters. For ElementaryFor Middle SchoolYou can have them printed (and laminated) at a larger scale using a local print shop if you like!
Posted by Community Manager on August 07 2017 at 2:58 PM
Hi READ 180 and System 44 Community! We’re conducting a nationwide search for some of our best READ 180 and System 44 classrooms for a top-secret video. This is what we’re looking for: Organized READ 180 or System 44 classrooms with distinct rotation stations Fun, comfortable Independent Reading section with digital and print library READ 180 or System 44 teacher who loves being in front of the camera A class with between 15-20 students …
Posted by Scott Toonder on August 03 2017 at 2:29 PM
Each year I try to add at least one or two things to my READ 180 repertoire.  In 2016-2017, I added "Brain Fact" lessons to my first three weeks and revisited the idea throughout the school year in the hopes of inspiring more of a growth mindset in my students. For more on that, read this blog. Don't mean to toot my own horn, but it was awesome!Over the last few days, I've been racking my brain trying to figure out what to try this year and it occurred to me: Why should…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on August 01 2017 at 2:47 PM
Part One: Do you remember the excitement of student teaching? After 28 years of being an educator, I started to forget that nervous thrill I felt before I embarked on my teaching profession until the first week of this summer! As I was cleaning out my closet today, I came across my student teaching journal! The following lessons learned still hold true as I embark on my 29th year of teaching reading!Here are my top five lessons learned from 1989. Lesson #1: Don't get caught up in…
Posted by Sally Doulton on July 28 2017 at 5:11 PM
It is crucial to start the new school year strong. This includes setting a strong classroom management tone on the first day of class that will affect the progress of your students' learning and your instruction for the year. I am all for icebreakers and "getting to know you" activities, but I have learned from experience that it is critical to let your students and their parents know what the classroom expectations and rules are for your class from day one.We are aware that local politics,…
Posted by Amy Dendinger on July 24 2017 at 1:40 PM
Attention Teachers --- it is that time of year again! Here are a few tips to help you get you thinking about back to school shopping and classroom set-up for the upcoming year.1.  Organization is Key!   If there is one thing I have learned as a READ 180 teacher, it is that starting the year organized sets the tone for students about your expectations for the classroom.     Sterlite Mini Crates from Walmart are a wonderful addition for any READ 180 libraryCollapsible…