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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 Scott Toonder on October 20 2017 at 10:26 AM
Science is a long way from figuring out every intricacy of the human brain, but one thing seems pretty clear-- the more you know about something, the easier it is to learn more about it.The process is really a lot more complicated than I can explain (or that you probably want to hear about), but it works something like this:As you learn, your brain makes connections from different groups of neurons , building a schematic web for that subject area.When you encounter new knowledge or skills, your…
Posted by Sally Doulton on October 14 2017 at 1:17 PM
"What Will Your READ 180 Story Be?" is a significant question posed to students in the Getting Started Workshop in the READ 180 Universal ReaL Book. For teachers who implement the MATH 180 and System 44 programs, the question can be "What Will Your 180 Story Be?" Using a Backwards Design approach with teaching my struggling learners, I decided to focus a good part of the first weeks of instruction with guiding my students into thinking where they would like to see themselves as learners and…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on October 14 2017 at 9:33 AM
The book projects were completed and displayed in our classroom, but they were too good to be ignored!To help students with their academic language, comfort level with speaking in front of the class, and positive peer pressure to the a READ 180 books, another idea was born. Sharing the book projects for the first five minutes of class turned out to be a fun way to begin the period. All the projects were displayed on the students' desks. Students and the teacher chose a project and shared their…
Posted by Scott Toonder on October 05 2017 at 1:28 PM
At the beginning of the year, we spend tons of energy making sure our students feel comfortable every aspect of the program.  We make sure they know how to rotate, find books at their level, navigate the software... the list goes on and on.  With all this time well spent, it can be jarring when we get a new student after all our introduction activities have already happened.  The new students have missed so much!  How can we possibly hope to cover all that they weren't…
Posted by Community Manager on October 03 2017 at 9:35 AM
Reading can feed the imagination. When I read, my mind travels through time, around the world, and connects me with the extraordinary. I find a comfortable spot that is well lit and often secluded. I chat with people who also enjoy reading, and they suggest what I should read next, and we often swap books. For me, reading is part of my daily life—nothing extraordinary. I love reading and it provides with me an escape, emotional and intellectual growth, and it brings me pleasure.As a teacher, I…
Posted by Community Manager on October 02 2017 at 11:06 AM
The appreciation of reading can be broken down into five stages. These stages build on one another as we grow and learn. They deepen our understanding of the written word:Stage 1: Reading brings enjoyment. We see this very early on as we look at picture books, read with our parents and teachers, or share oral manifestations like nursery rhymes.Stage 2: Reading becomes a vicarious experience. We start to think about the adventures or experiences that we read about and begin imagining…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on October 01 2017 at 3:58 PM
What a great start to the year with READ 180 Universal! We just completed our third week of school, and we are all loving the new program! My students have chosen to have a Growth Mindset and are excited to see where it takes them! We have all set goals using page 15 in the ReaL Book as our guide. Mine is to read all of the Universal paperbacks by the winter break. 1. Set a goal. "I will read all of the READ 180 Universal paperbacks."2. Get in a growth mindset. "I will reach my…
Posted by Scott Toonder on September 20 2017 at 10:25 AM
Finding ways to get the Modeled and Independent Reading Group operating smoothly can be one of the most important, and hardest, jobs of the READ 180 teacher.There are so many important protocols for the students  to get comfortable with that it can be overwhelming for them, as well as you. The kids need to know how to:Fill out their Reading Logs Find appropriately-leveled paperback booksComplete Quickwrites and graphic organizerTake quizzes on Reading Counts!And that's just to…
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,…