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Posted by Albert Morton on July 16 2018 at 11:52 AM
Last school year has come to an end, you are now deep into your Summer Break, and the last thing you want to do is go back in time. Moreover, you definitely don’t want to revisit the failures of the previous school as you’re relaxing by the pool or binge-watching your favorite TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, The Handmaids Tale, or Game of Thrones. But, I would like to challenge you to consider that reflecting on the failures of last school year can be the springboard to developing a plan to…
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Posted by Community Manager on April 03 2012 at 2:24 PM
One of my sources for information and inspiration is Oprah.com – my friends and colleagues are sometimes surprised to find out that I read anything but research journals.  But reflecting on gaming, failure, and struggling readings, I find that a common theme is risk-taking.  Here’s a quote from Oprah’s website that I caught my attention.  “What I like most about change is that it’s a synonym for ‘hope.’  If you are taking a risk, what you are really saying is, ‘I believe in…
Posted by Community Manager on April 03 2012 at 8:35 AM
Looking for a way to motivate your students to keep reading this summer? Teachers can sign up their classes now to take the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a FREE global program to help beat the “summer slide” by encouraging students to log their minutes, earn prizes and help read for the world record.  Teachers can use the resources on the website to register their students all at once, track summer reading progress, and download free reading resources, including a classroom participation…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on April 02 2012 at 9:18 AM
Barnes’ Poetry Café This week for our appetizers (warm-up) we had the Barnes’ Poetry Café. The librarian sent down 18 poetry books for my students to peruse. Students also could write or bring in their own poems or books to share with each other. We made poetry menus, and the students could choose from the appetizers, main entrée, and the dessert items. Example: Appetizers-Tell us your opinion of the poem, think about the title and talk to us about it, tell us why you choose this poem Barnes’…
Posted by Community Manager on March 28 2012 at 3:00 PM
I’m reading more about the benefits of failure.  Anyone who works with struggling students may question how there can be a positive spin on the “failure cycle.” Here’s Scope magazine’s take on it.  The cover story asks “Is Failure the Secret of Success?” This is a paragraph from the article: Part of being successful means having the courage to take a good, hard look at yourself and identify ways to do better next time.  Well, that and a bit of patience.  Sometimes it takes a…
Posted by Debbie Lee on March 25 2012 at 8:31 PM
Kindle… Kindle Fire… Nook… iPad… Unlike previous students, this year my students have asked many questions about using eReaders or book apps.  One student asked if he could read Twilight on his iPad, which he brings to school religiously even though he cannot connect to the Internet. Their interest got me thinking about how our students today are growing up in a digital world, one where eBooks will eventually overtake treeBooks.   How could I give my students that eBook…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on March 20 2012 at 4:50 PM
Toot Toot to Scholastic READ 180! My students are always thrilled for an opportunity to share their classroom with guests. At our recent READ 180 Open House visitors from across the district came to witness the exciting curriculum of READ 180. Teachers, administrators, school board trustees, parents, and staff came to learn about READ 180 through a guided tour conducted by READ 180 students. We received many notes and rave reviews from our fans! We have tours throughout the year so we can Toot…
Posted by Scott Toonder on March 20 2012 at 1:45 PM
The rSkills Tests measure student progress for Whole- and Small-Group Instruction. The results are valuable for determining mastery of comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary skills covered in the rBook and, therefore, can be crucial in guiding differentiation and instruction. However, since the rSkills Tests are given periodically, generally after the completion of two full workshops, and because they monitor the aspects of the program over that you have the most control over, the rSkills Tests…
Posted by Scott Toonder on March 07 2012 at 4:14 PM
If your school is lucky enough to have both READ 180 and System 44 programs, there will probably come a time when one of your System 44 students is showing signs that they’re ready to move into the READ 180 program. This can occur when... A student finishes all 25 System 44 Series. A students Lexile raises above 400. If the student completes the entire System 44 curriculum, you have any easy decision.  The student cannot, and should not, be placed back into the System 44 program. …
Posted by Debbie Lee on March 04 2012 at 8:27 PM
Ever try to convince a teenager that they don’t know it all?  Or that it’s important to improve their job prospects by improving their skills, like reading?  What about getting a post-secondary education?  Have you scoured the Internet to find current and convincing data?  Data that isn’t so old students consider it worthless?  I’ve done my share of trying.   Talking to students, researching the right data to help convince them I know what I’ talking…
Posted by Community Manager on March 02 2012 at 12:32 PM
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Do you remember the first book you fell in love with as a young child? One of my all-time favorites was Green Eggs and Ham and I even remember walking into my elementary school classroom and eating green eggs and ham for breakfast!  In celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday, bring your favorite Dr. Seuss classics to your classroom! Introduce Dr. Seuss to your Students! Although many of your…