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Posted by Community Manager on October 27 2017 at 11:05 AM
We are SO excited to share the news that National Summer Institute is returning next summer, in Orlando, Florida. Whether you've been before or this will be your first time, we hope you'll join us! At NSI you'll get to: Re-energize Your Teaching Strategies: Fun, collaborative opportunities to learn new reading, writing and language strategies going into the 2018-2019 school yearGain Power User Status: Discover more tips and tricks for maximizing tools like Teacher Central to…
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Posted by Andrea Barnes on February 05 2018 at 3:49 PM
The 2018 Winter Olympics are beginning this week! It's a perfect time to ponder your teaching and classroom management. The Olympians are the best in their field. Are you?  Do you strive for excellence? Do you teach as if your supervisor is in your classroom observing? Or a parent is attending your classroom? Or a prospective teacher is watching you? Are you showing up early to school to be well prepared for the day? Looking over the HMH READ 180 materials ahead of the class arriving?…
Posted by Scott Toonder on January 31 2018 at 8:18 AM
Janiel's System 44 and READ 180 transformation has been truly remarkable to witness. Since beginning the programs in third grade, Janiel has gone from a severely struggling decoder (one who used to have difficulty sounding out simple, three letter words) to a proficient reader. He entered the programs frustrated and filled with self-doubt and is now a confident, hard-working student.  He is a shining example of the power of persistence, one whose story might help inspire your own…
Posted by on January 29 2018 at 10:12 AM
The 180 Awards are not just for honoring students. Educators who lead classrooms using READ 180, MATH 180, or System 44 intervention programs are eligible to be celebrated as well.   What makes a teacher a great candidate for the 180 Award? These general eligibility guidelines are a good place to start, but the following qualities attributed to Amy Dendinger, a READ 180 teacher at Tiffin Middle School and previous 180 Award winner in the educator category, present a picture of…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on January 27 2018 at 12:34 PM
Are your bags packed?The 2018 National Summer Institute is returning, and I am ready to board my flight! I'm six months early, but just like a kid preparing for their dream trip, I am counting down the days! I reminisce back to my first READ 180 Summer Institute in San Francisco...I had been teaching seventh and eighth-grade reading and my principal called me into her office to see if I was available to go to the READ 180 Summer Institute in San Francisco, July 25-28, 2007. I checked my…
Posted by Sally Doulton on January 24 2018 at 5:22 PM
When you think of graphic novels, you probably imagine bright colorful comic books or maybe short books composed of simple text with numerous pictures that may not resemble real reading for your students. Well, think again!Read 180 Universal's inclusion of graphic novels sparked a movement I could never have ever anticipated for the incorporation of more graphic novels in my classroom.  Students who frequently abandoned books and read with poor intonation, suddenly became avid readers when…
Posted by Scott Toonder on January 18 2018 at 11:03 AM
Given the recent influx of English Language Learners that many schools across the country are experiencing, I thought it would be worth while to give us a quick checklist of the supports that READ 180 has in place for these special students.Whole and Small Group Instruction:Take advantage of the anchor videos, both before beginning a workshop and before reading each new article.  Seeing them multiple times can be very beneficial for students learning English.And, make sure you are…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on January 18 2018 at 7:30 AM
Goals for 2018! Help your students to reflect on the progress they made in the fall semester of 2017 and the gains they are working toward in 2018 and beyond! Example Goals: 1. Number of books read in 9 weeks. 2. Total number of words read. (Students in my classes are encouraged to reach a million words by the end of the school year. One student reached their million words read by the holiday break!) The number of words read are calculated by passed book quizzes. 3. 80% or higher passing rate…
Posted by on January 16 2018 at 1:56 PM
180 Award season is here! It’s time to start gathering your materials to nominate students who’ve worked hard to overcome challenges and who have excelled exponentially in either READ 180®, MATH 180®, or System 44®. In making your selections, it’s important to know the applicable criteria to look for when making a student 180 Award nomination. Here are some general eligibility guidelines, but this snapshot of one of our past winners should provide some examples of the qualities and…
Posted by on January 10 2018 at 2:57 PM
Now that the 12th Annual HMH 180 Awards have officially launched, here are some guidelines that will help steer you through the nomination process. WHAT ARE THE HMH 180 AWARDS? Born over 12 years ago, this national contest proudly honors READ 180, System 44, and MATH 180 students who have shown exemplary achievement and the teachers who display professional excellence in guiding them through the intervention programs. To date, over 100 students and close to 50 teachers have been honored. In the…
Posted by on January 09 2018 at 4:23 PM
When a student tells me that they dislike or even hate reading and I ask them why, overwhelmingly the reason is because, "I'm not good at it." READ 180 helps us to set up our students for success not only with their independent reading, but also in developing an enjoyment of reading that they can build on. Here are a couple purposeful steps that you can take to get your students on the right track to loving independent reading… or at least liking it.Make sure they are choosing books that are in…