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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 November 28 2011 at 6:56 PM
How about building your students knowledge of READ 180 and their Confidence all at the same time?  Read to find out how. 1. My students love it when we invite guests to our classroom. Our first special person,  Superintendent of Cypress-Fairbanks I. S. D., Dr Mark Henry, came and spent 35 minutes with my READ 180 class. This was quite an honor considering we are the third largest district in Texas. 2. Students volunteered to greet our guest by shaking hands and making eye contact. 3.…
Posted by Community Manager on November 28 2011 at 12:18 AM
Increase writing rigor in the Writing Zone!Next Generation’s Writing Zone is a significant addition to READ 180.  With the Writing Zone, students have an opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the segment’s text and practice valuable writing skills.   As students who struggle with reading also often struggle with writing, they benefit from the specific guidelines within the Writing Zone.  Additionally, with just a few simple tweaks, teachers can add more rigor and…
Posted by Community Manager on November 10 2011 at 1:36 PM
The Daily Reading Log can be more than a simple way for students to keep track of their work in the Independent Reading Group.  It can be a powerful comprehension tool. When I first began teaching READ 180, I was often frustrated by the simplistic comments my students were making in the “Notes” section of their Daily Reading Log. I saw comments like “cool” or “boring,” often repeated day after day. I knew this wasn’t helping my students. I knew it was a waste of time.  I knew I had to…
Posted by Community Manager on October 24 2011 at 6:51 PM
Whether you have traveled around the world, vacationed vicariously through the computer and travel brochures, or relaxed in your own backyard… you can make a  “Build Background Knowledge Friday” box or spiral notebook! Just sit back, relax and learn how! (Play this video of my simulated flight  to tie in with this theme). 1. Students can work by themselves or they may choose a group to work with on this assignment. 2. Have the students bring in a shoe box or spiral. (I asked my…
Posted by Community Manager on October 24 2011 at 6:35 PM
The Independent Reading Group is one of the most powerful tools in the READ 180 teacher’s arsenal.  However, it can also be a source of stress. In order to have students reach their full potential, and in order to keep teacher-stress-levels down, the Independent Reading Group must be... well... independent. In the reading group students have an opportunity to take control of their learning.  They have the power of choice and the burden of responsibility, powerful ideas for students…
Posted by Community Manager on October 11 2011 at 2:39 PM
Classroom management is a very large part to my success in System 44. I use SLANT to maintain focus and structure with my students.  SLANT is a classroom management tool that has proven to be very successful in my classroom: Sit up – Be proud of who you are and your successesListen – Be attentive and respectful to the speakerAsk and answer – Ask questions when appropriate and answer when called upon to do soNod to acknowledge – This shows the speaker you are involved and…
Posted by Community Manager on October 11 2011 at 1:49 PM
We all know that reading is the ticket to success in school and life. Many of my students have never traveled before, most have never been outside the state of Texas, and majority have never experienced a trip on an airplane. I want my students or as I call them “travelers,” to see there’s a whole world out there for them.  That’s why I call my classroom the “READ 180 Passport to Success.”The “READ 180 Passport to Success” classroom brings the faraway places from my travels to life. I take…
Posted by Community Manager on October 05 2011 at 6:27 PM
The Instructional Model employed in READ 180 is ideal for differentiation.  Small-Group rotations and a flexible curriculum give us a framework that allows us to easily do what can be a logistical nightmare for other teachers.We have all the tools in front of us!  Yet, this potential can be hampered by the classroom management system we use to group our students. In speaking with and visiting other READ 180 classrooms, I have witnessed two main ways of grouping: 1.  Team…
Posted by Community Manager on September 20 2011 at 8:24 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 September 20 2011 at 6:47 PM
 As the 2011-2012 school year begins, I am so excited to employ the ideas and techniques I learned at the READ 180 National Summer Institute in Orlando, Florida! Because of great teachers and classes, the conference always rejuvenates me and gets me ready for a new school year! I have been teaching reading for the past 23 years in Texas, and I am beginning my 5th year of Scholastic Stage B READ 180. I was honored as the 2010 Scholastic Stage B Outstanding Educator, and one of my students…