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Posted by Community Manager on August 07 2017 at 2:58 PM
Hi READ 180 and System 44 Community! We’re conducting a nationwide search for some of our best READ 180 and System 44 classrooms for a top-secret video. This is what we’re looking for: Organized READ 180 or System 44 classrooms with distinct rotation stations Fun, comfortable Independent Reading section with digital and print library READ 180 or System 44 teacher who loves being in front of the camera A class with between 15-20 students …
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Posted by on July 20 2017 at 2:49 PM
I always try and include some academic books to my summer reading list. After all, throwing a "teacher book" into your beach bag along with your pleasure reading can be a great way to re-inspire yourself and hone your craft.So with that in mind, here are two books you may want to check out."Psychology of Learning for Instruction" by Marcy P. DriscollMarcy's book is a great mixture of academic knowledge and practical advice. She provides us with a great overview of the history of learning…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on July 14 2017 at 12:25 PM
Find yourself looking for a great summer read? Well, look no further! I have a book that will change your thinking and life along with your student's and the world if you take my challenge to share the Fred principles. This book will show you, "How passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary" (Sanborn, 2004). What is the title you ask of this National Bestseller? Why of course it's The Fred Factor written by Mark Sanborn! I am going to summarize the full Fred…
Posted by Sally Doulton on July 13 2017 at 2:22 PM
On June 30, at Etch restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, the winning 180 Awards Educators received recognition for their innovative practices in their classroom. With them to celebrate included:Family members HMH's marketing team The Product Development Team Ted Hasselbring: Creator of READ 180 Patricia Starek: trainer and developer for System 44 Bloggers for the READ 180 Community Website It was an enjoyable evening where these educators received a speech that succinctly outlined their…
Posted by Sally Doulton on July 04 2017 at 8:02 AM
It's summer, and time to plan some options for the Independent Reading Rotation for your classes.  Technology programs, classroom schedules, and the needs of our students change faster than a flash of lightning.  To get you started, here's what's trending in Independent Reading. Numerous Text-to-Speech Options- Students use this rotation to read eReads, eBooks, audiobooks, text-to-speech articles from online magazines such as Scholastic's Action or Scope magazines, and articles from…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on June 29 2017 at 10:55 AM
The teaching year has come to an end for most of us, so now it’s time to relax, rejuvenate, and make time for hobbies. It's a great time to shake out your workout clothes, open up your books that you have put off reading, and spend time with family and friends. I try to make a plan of everything I want to accomplish in the next few months and check them off as I go! This way I feel like I'm taking full advantage of my valuable summer time off! What do you have on your list for your summer…
Posted by Scott Toonder on June 27 2017 at 3:43 PM
While at the Models Schools Conference in Nashville, Tennessee this week, I had the privilege of meeting this year's Educator Award winners.  One of these special teachers, Victor Soria, was kind enough to let me pick his brain about his amazing READ 180 practice.Victor teaches at Grace M. Davis High School in Modesto, California. 100% of his students are English Learners who have been in the United States for less than four years.  His incredible results speak for themselves…
Posted by Community Manager on June 22 2017 at 3:05 AM
Coming This Summer – READ 180 Office Hours on Facebook LiveAre you a new READ 180 teacher or a veteran teacher looking for some back-to-school summer planning support? Join us on Facebook as we share our insider tips and tricks so you can start the school year off on the right foot.  Monday, June 26  at 4:15pm ET / 1:15pm PT -- LIVE from the 25th Model Schools Conference in NashvilleFeaturing READ 180 Founder Ted Hasselbring, 180 Awards Winner Victor Soria, and our Educator…
Posted by Debbie Lee on June 21 2017 at 9:39 AM
I am ready for vacation, as I am sure you are too!  With the school year so busy and demanding, I need time to chill, to decompress, and enjoy my family and friends who have patiently waited for my full attention this summer.  However, as a realist, I know that throughout the summer there will be times when I see something that inspires me and makes me wonder how I could use it to improve my students, classes, and curriculum delivery.  If you find yourself in an exploring mood…
Posted by Sally Doulton on June 17 2017 at 10:01 AM
I waited until the fourth quarter of the school year to introduce a class book to my READ 180  Level 1 students because I didn't believe the class was ready to decode and comprehend a book on a class level.  I teach a mixed READ 180/System 44 class, and my students' reading levels greatly vary.  At the start of April, however, I decided that it was time to connect and unify my class with a book that I believed they would love. The book I chose is Buddy by MH Herlong. With direct…
Posted by Scott Toonder on June 14 2017 at 11:25 PM
With most of my favorite sports teams beginning or well into their offseason training regimens, I got to thinking of the things we can do over the summer to makes us better come September.  After all, if the way they spend their "down time" can be the difference between an all-star bid or a championship season, couldn't the things we do over our summer make us better teachers when "game-time" rolls back around? Here's what I came up with (and apologies in advance for the cheesy,…