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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 Community Manager on March 23 2018 at 9:13 AM
The qualifying round of the 12th Annual HMH 180 Awards has officially closed and the finalists are in! Nominated by educators in their schools or districts, each READ 180, System 44 and MATH 180 student finalist was selected based on their exemplary achievements in reading or math, and each educator finalist was selected for displaying professional excellence in guiding students through intervention programs.Each finalist has until March 30 to submit a…
Posted by Scott Toonder on March 10 2018 at 9:16 AM
Differentiation Checkpoints built into the READ 180 Workshops give us the perfect opportunity for whole and small-group differentiated instruction, and the various "grouping reports" available in SAM give us all the data we need to group our students according to their individual needs.  However, there may be times when delving into an individual student's reading data helps us find trends to unlock their full potential.Here's the process by which I identify my most struggling…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on March 09 2018 at 7:27 AM
The Winter Olympics are over and it's time to prepare for spring break and summer vacation! My librarian hosted an incredible Winter Olympics book contest and the students loved it! To celebrate warmer weather, I've introduced a new reading contest in room #1220! Ready, set, read!!Competition begins April 2nd On April 2nd, students sign up for the contest(s) of their choice before or after school or during lunch in the library. (Using the library as a sign-up location gets students there…
Posted by on February 18 2018 at 10:28 AM
  This school year (2017-2018) has been a highly challenging one for me.  The obstacles I faced this year with the significant challenges and learning needs of my students were none like I ever experienced before in my 32 years in the classroom. For the first time ever, one particular class had 5 students with Autism, three students with significant Learning Disabilities, one student with Down Syndrome, and three students with Intellectual Disabilities. To top it off, these students…
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…