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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 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…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on August 24 2017 at 8:31 PM
Classroom and Teacher Check List for the First Day of School!1. Student desks or tables in a neat order. Students and teacher should be able to walk comfortably around the room to get to the three distinct rotation areas: Small Group, Independent Reading, Instructional Software.2. Put students at ease when they enter the classroom. They don't have to choose a seat/desk because the decision making of where to sit is done for them.Place a sign on the three tables distinguishing the groups.Group…
Posted by on August 23 2017 at 8:17 PM
"Well, I have a fixed mindset and I just can't do it," a student brazenly declared to me as she reluctantly began a challenging assignment at the start of last June.  "A fixed mindset? I replied. "After all of our lessons and experiences in class for a half of a year, your "go-to" response to an activity that requires some perseverance is still,  "Well, I have a fixed mindset"? This brief classroom experience got me thinking about some questions: 1)  Where did I, as a teacher, go…
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…