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Posted by Ruth Willis on September 19 2018 at 4:15 PM
One thing I love about a new school year is that it is always a time of new beginnings, a time for growth! I have both students who are new to middle school and READ 180 as well as some who are returning to the program to continue their growth in reading. This year my school system moved from the READ 180 Next Generation to Universal. With great excitement, I looked forward to this great change. Another blessing for my classroom has been the addition of a Promethean Panel.  As…
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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…
Posted by Community Manager on December 22 2011 at 12:03 AM
Layers of fun for everyone! 1. Write nine questions on nine separate sheets of paper. 2. Take one question and crumple it up.3. Take another question and wrap it around the first question. You are now growing your onion.4. Continue this process until all of your questions have been wrapped into the onion.5. You and your students are now ready to peel the onion.6. Toss the onion to a volunteer student and have them un wrap one paper. The student stands and reads the question aloud. This…
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…