My name is Jodie and I'm in my fourth year teaching Read 180 for the Columbus City Schools (CCS) of Ohio. This year I will be teaching 7th and 8th graders in a building that contains grades 7-12. It will be an interesting year for the kids and me as a Read 180 teacher.
I have a HUGE room, finally! It used to be a school library and has shelves on every wall. I will take some of the shelves down so I can display student work and rewards. Besides celebrating my new room, I am thrilled to report that CCS has adopted the extended SRC quiz program. We went from eight thousand SRC quizzes to 50,000+. Wahoo! Student choice has just increased 7 fold.
I love teaching my kids and look forward to going into work every day! I work half time. Sometimes, it is hard for me to stay at home until it is time to go in. My day starts at 730 this year and I will be teaching five classes of Read 180. Besides teaching, I take advantage of any PD opportunities I can find.
I used to teach Home Ec and thought that was fun. READ 180 is so much better!
I stopped working when my 2nd child was born. My daughter is now 17 and and is a junior at the local high school. My son, 20, is a junior at Ohio University Athens. I could not be more proud of my kids.
I will be the only Read 180 teacher in the building and a collegue to whom I could vent is not at the same school,
Sometimes I think "What did I get myself into?"
Some days I answer myself, "A genuinely rewarding experience that is changing lives." Other days I don't answer and hope for a better tomorrow.
At the start of any break I look forward to having time to evaluate and adjust my classroom practices. I know that the time will fly, but I hope to get a jump start on planning for the next part of the school year.
I love it when a kid says to me, "The next time I get kicked out of a class, I am coming up here so I can read!" In some twisted way, that makes me feel like I have accomplished something. I did tell the student not to go out of his way to do so!
I look forward to having last year's students come visit. On the first day of school, two of my former students said they wanted to be in my class again. I had to tell one that he "graduated" out (I was so proud of him) and the other I may still be able to fit in.