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Posted by Noelle Morris on May 01 2018 at 9:30 AM
      On February 2, 2018, the legendary weather report was that we were in for another six weeks of winter. Technically, that would mean that winter would be over on April 9. Yet, the week of April 12, another snow storm hit Boston and much of the Northeast. On April 6, traveling to Chicago, I not only needed my winter coat, but hat and gloves. Where is the spring sun, just a little bit of a glimmer of hope for warmer days? More winter week 7, week 8; you get the…
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Posted by on June 08 2018 at 8:20 AM
As the kids head off for summer, I cannot tell you how many times I've reminded them how important it is for them to continue reading.  I've talked about building on the progress they've made, and I've used analogies about athletes thriving because of their offseason regiments.  And guess what?  All this summer-reading stuff is just as important for the teachers as it is for the students.We all know the summer is a chance to refuel our depleted reserves of energy and patience,…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on June 05 2018 at 11:19 AM
       As educators we all have "stuff" that we have to deal with that can bog us down and dim our light, so to speak. As a special education teacher, paperwork can cause me a lot of frustration. I have no problem doing what is best for my students, but sometimes the documentation can be cumbersome. I am always pushing away any negativity and noise that I can control. Every one of my students have a piece of my heart, but sometimes the choices they make and difficulties they…
Posted by on May 25 2018 at 6:52 AM
Summer is on its way!  And in the craziness that is the end of the year, it's easy to get overwhelmed and miss a key detail (or two), so here is a simple end-of-year checklist (hopefully it will keep you from getting too spun around:)... FOR THIS YEAR...Testing:Make sure all students have completed the Reading Inventory and, if applicable, the Phonics Inventory.Wrap up your final READ 180 workshop and administer the corresponding rSkills assessment Reports to Administrator and…
Posted by Charmion Mohning on May 21 2018 at 5:11 PM
     Making a difference for students is the most important job in a reading intervention classroom. The question that many teachers have, particularly if they are new to the endeavor of helping striving readers change their mindsets is: "How do I make a difference for every learner?" One way to begin to create the conditions that cultivate reading growth is to implement the suggestions in the research on growth mindset, which inevitably leads to another question, "Where do…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on May 18 2018 at 7:25 AM
Closing out the school year strong will make you and the students feel great! You will be ready to relax, enjoy the summer and know that you did your best. Your students will leave your class with closure and feeling successful about the year! Try the following suggestions during the last few weeks of school to close out your school year with a nice bow. I've tested them all and my students have appreciated each one. READ 180 End of Year Open House and CelebrationMy students are…
Posted by Sally Doulton on May 15 2018 at 8:48 PM
     A few years ago, some of my colleagues and administrators asked me if I would accept a few Life Skills students as pupils in my READ 180 classes.  These students have learning issues that prevent them from being included in classes with their typical peers during the school day. Inclusion in my class would afford them an opportunity to be exposed to reading instruction in a language-rich environment with peers who have average verbal and communication…
Posted by Scott Toonder on May 03 2018 at 5:44 AM
As we await the announcement of the this year's READ 180 All Star Award winners, I've been reflecting on some of the former winners and nominees.  Over the years, I've nominated many students have had the unique privilege of meeting many of the former All Star Award winners- and for some reason, their incredible stories started running through my head.Alright, I admit it... I was getting a little too nostalgic:)I pulled up my nominees essays, looked through old pictures, and watched every…
Posted by Noelle Morris on May 01 2018 at 9:30 AM
      On February 2, 2018, the legendary weather report was that we were in for another six weeks of winter. Technically, that would mean that winter would be over on April 9. Yet, the week of April 12, another snow storm hit Boston and much of the Northeast. On April 6, traveling to Chicago, I not only needed my winter coat, but hat and gloves. Where is the spring sun, just a little bit of a glimmer of hope for warmer days? More winter week 7, week 8; you get the…
Posted by Scott Toonder on April 09 2018 at 8:45 AM
There is a common misconception that phonics (and all the prerequisite sound/grapheme skills involved in it) is something that is taught exclusively in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade.  The truth is that even proficient readers continue to build their word attack skills through eighth grade and beyond.   This, of course, holds even more true for the struggling readers served by READ 180.  With precious few exceptions, all of our students have gaps in their decoding…
Posted by on March 30 2018 at 2:26 PM
The Reading Zone can be one of the most challenging zones in READ 180 Universal's software. It challenges students to answer high-level questions that require close reading skills and reading strategies that are used by successful readers.  How do you get your students' scores to soar in READ 180 Universal's Reading Zone?  Follow these tips to jump-start your students' success in this zone.  Step 1          Familiarize yourself with the various…