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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 Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 3:35 PM
  Hi, I’m Francie Alexander, Chief Academic Officer at Scholastic.  We may have met at NSI or you may have read one of my quarterly columns.  I’m so excited to engage with our community more frequently as we launch new blogs. I’ve had the opportunity to teach students from kindergarten to college and like all of you, learned a lot from my experiences. At Scholastic, I’ve been part of the READ 180 story from the very beginning.  As part of the research team, I do my best to…
Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 3:29 PM
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Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 3:01 PM
The long Winter break has ended and now you have a classroom full of students who may be disappointed that Santa didn’t bring them what they wanted for Christmas, or the break was not long enough for them to truly rest or they are too tired from all the fun they had on their break or they just aren’t ready to be back in the classroom.  Whatever the reason you now have a classroom of low readers who really don’t want to be there.  They are dragging and unmotivated.  Your job now…
Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 2:01 PM
I use hotel stationery, photographs, and colorful paper to write to my students. Complimentary notes are a HIT with my students! I call them “Barnes’ Notes.” My students collect these notes and share them with their families. When a student collects ten notes and has a parent/guardian signature, they receive a little prize from me. When students collect twenty notes—two prizes, thirty notes—three prizes, etc. I ran in to a former student yesterday at a school function, and she told me that she…
Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 1:43 PM
If your school is anything like my school, as the winter holiday approaches instructional time tends to decrease.  The stream of classroom craft activities, holiday concerts, special assemblies, and holiday parties can make staying in a routine nearly impossible and getting through a READ 180 Workshop grueling to say the least. December days frequently see me left with twenty minutes here or there with my students.  On these days, when running the full READ 180 rotations is impossible…
Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 1:41 PM
In the past, I have made the mistake of waiting till the last few weeks before the state reading exam to begin teaching my students test taking skills presented in the Test-Taking Strategies guide. READ 180 students have a rare opportunity to practice test-taking skills on an ongoing and consistent basis.  The Reading Zone on the Instructional Software, the the book quizzes they take on Scholastic Reading Counts! their ongoing Scholastic Reading Inventory exams, and their rSkills Tests all…
Posted by Community Manager on January 20 2012 at 12:52 PM
The long Winter break has ended and now you have a classroom full of students who may be disappointed that Santa didn’t bring them what they wanted for Christmas, or the break was not long enough for them to truly rest or they are too tired from all the fun they had on their break or they just aren’t ready to be back in the classroom.  Whatever the reason you now have a classroom of low readers who really don’t want to be there.  They are dragging and unmotivated.  Your job now…
Posted by Community Manager on January 16 2012 at 2:08 PM
Remember to nominate your most deserving student for the READ 180 All-Star Award! My student won the award last year, and you may have the winner sitting in your classroom right now! Start off the year by building a student’s confidence by believing in their success! You have the power to change a life!!AlyssaAragon Middle School, Houston, TXWhen Alyssa enrolled in Aragon Middle School, her reading and writing skills were weak, and she feared she would never catch up to her classmates. Her lack…
Posted by Debbie Lee on January 16 2012 at 12:47 AM
Have you added non READ 180 books to your library?  Do you have books spread out everywhere?  Are your crates difficult to keep organized?  RETIRE YOUR CRATESOnce you start adding additional books to your library, either with additional  READ 180 book collections or  other books,  the traditional READ 180 Crates become inefficient.  Having a way to organize all your books together is helpful.   I use regular bookcases purchased on the cheap and…
Posted by Community Manager on December 22 2011 at 2:52 PM
Fluency in reading takes a great deal of dedication, time, and work on the part of the students as well as the teacher.  “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Practice, practice, practice!  How do you get to fluency?  Well, you get the idea.  I feel that choral reading is a powerful tool in helping students reach fluency.  This allows ELL students to see and hear the vocabulary without being singled out. They can practice anonymously while the teacher observes and…