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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 Andrea Barnes on March 02 2012 at 7:58 AM
Do you have thick skin? Can you handle the comments? Do you strive to be your best everyday? Then go ahead and give this assignment to all of your students! You will be amazed at how appreciative your students can be. You will be surprised how little things and comments do make a difference to your students. You will also see things you have to work on. Each six weeks my students write me a progress report. They report on improvements I have made, and they consider good things that are going…
Posted by Community Manager on February 29 2012 at 9:54 AM
For your consideration, as they say in Oscar speak, here are the “100 Greatest Books for Kids” ranked by Scholastic Parent & Child magazine.  I was a contributor and while not all of my personal favorites made it, I think it’s a super list for thinking about what books kids should experience (http://www.scholastic.com/100books/).  Here are books from the list that I think are good for kids who have struggled with reading like our READ 180 students: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s…
Posted by Debbie Lee on February 28 2012 at 7:26 PM
The Independent Reading Rotation is probably the most difficult rotation for teachers to manage.  Students tend to not take it seriously – after all, they have made it this far in school without having to really read. Why should they change now?  Right?  Wrong. For the past few years, I have required my students to read a certain number of book points per marking period.  (Points can be found in SAM’s Book tab and are assigned based on the book’s number of words and…
Posted by Community Manager on February 24 2012 at 10:24 AM
Scholastic Makes an Appearance at the Oscars! This year’s nominees at the 2012 Academy Awards include two movies based on Scholastic titles: The Invention of Hugo Cabret and War Horse. Hugo, based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick leads all nominees with eleven nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. • Watch the Movie Trailer for Hugo War Horse, written by Michael Morpurgo and directed by Steven Spielberg, has been nominated for…
Posted by Community Manager on February 22 2012 at 5:27 PM
Welcome to Community in the Classroom, READ 180’s exciting online forum designed to share information about READ 180. Our blog is a place for discovery, insight, and fun! Visit us often to browse our photos and videos, hear about the latest success stories, and keep up with what’s new with READ 180! And of course, we want to hear from you about what’s happening in your READ 180 classroom, implementation tips, favorite lesson plans and extension activities, and more! We hope you enjoy our new…
Posted by Scholastic Admin on February 22 2012 at 4:53 PM
It’s more than halfway through the school year and, if you’re like me, your room is just starting to run as smoothly as you designed it to run. You spent nearly a month at the beginning of the year teaching routines and the past several months reinforcing them.  The kids finally seem to have everything down.  They know where everything is and they’re following the procedures you’ve ground into them.  And now you’re getting a new student! You can’t go back to those first three…
Posted by Community Manager on February 22 2012 at 4:34 PM
There are few prouder moments for the READ 180 teacher than when one of our struggling readers is ready to rejoin the regular classroom. But how do you know when its time to exit a student from READ 180?  How do you know when the student is ready? Here are some things to look for: Lexile Score: Should be within the proficiency range designated by your district and state.For me that means...3rd Grade: 500 – 7004th Grade: 600 – 8005th Grade: 700 – 900 FluencyExpression, accuracy, and…
Posted by Community Manager on February 17 2012 at 1:59 PM
Have you ever had a day as a READ 180/System 44 teacher where you have felt quite alone? When you realize what you’re teaching is completely different from the other teachers at your school? Well my friends, you are not alone. I’m here to offer you a couple of tips to help you connect with your colleagues and the resources that are available for READ 180 and System 44.  If you are willing to write occasional sub plans, meet with people after school and look in places many of us don’t…
Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 7:22 PM
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 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…