Passport to Success
READ 180 Universal Goals & Book Project
What a great start to the year with READ 180 Universal! We just completed our third week of school, and we are all loving the new program! My students have chosen to have a Growth Mindset and are excited to see where it takes them! We have all set goals using page 15 in the ReaL Book as our guide. Mine is to read all of the Universal paperbacks by the winter break.

1. Set a goal. "I will read all of the READ 180 Universal paperbacks."
2. Get in a growth mindset. "I will reach my goal!"
3. Make a plan. "I am going to read 25 minutes a night and two hours on the weekend so I can read two Universal books a week."
4. Practice. "Some nights and weekends I will be able to read more!"
5. Stick with it & why? "Even when I get tired of reading young adult literature I will keep going because I am setting an example to all of my students! Plus I need to be able to recommend these great books to my students. If they see me reading and sharing about the books they might decide to give them a try!" So far I have thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot from:The Great American Dust BowlCode TalkersS.O.S Titanic, and The Lightning Dreamer

Let the students see that you also complete the assignments you ask them to do!

Many of the students’ goals are to graduate high school and attend a college or university of their choice. They have followed the 1-5 steps and here is an example of one of their steps to achieving their goal.

1. Set a goal. "I can graduate high school and go to college!"
2. Get in a growth mindset. "I can do it!"
3. Make a plan. "I will do my work and go to tutorials."
4. Practice. "If I read more I can do better in all of my classes!"
5. Stick with it & Why? "I am going after my dream so I can help my family!"

Students wrote their individual 1-5 on a sticky note and placed it on the right side of the Universal mindset poster because they want to have a growth mindset and not a fixed one!

Students had the thrill of opening the packaged Universal paperbacks on the first day of school. They choose books that looked interesting to them. It was fun to see which ones were the most popular! Plus the books were brand new! They were the first to break the seal and turn to the first page! Lots of excitement in the air!

The Universal crates were full of corrugated cardboard,

 and I knew it was too good to recycle.

Two weeks into school I shared my idea with students about turning the packaging into book reports. Students got into

 groups of 3-5 students and chose one book to highlight. Each book project had to have the following: title, author, Lexile, summary, and two choices of their own. The choices could be excerpts, illustrations, reviews, anything the group of students decided. It was fun to see the students building community in their classroom. The students were bonding and forming friendships that will last throughout the year and beyond!

Positive peer pressure is working in our classroom because books are moving off the shelves and into students’ hands! Daily questions are "Miss Barnes, may I take this book home?" A dream question that every reading teacher wants to hear


Stage C READ 180 Educator

Philosophy of Teaching All of my life, I have enjoyed working with children and have always desired to teach. It is my belief that no matter what socio-economic background, everyone deserves to achieve his/her educational goals. It is my ambition to facilitate this process.Growing up in the Houston area, I have always been aware of the Cypress-Fairbanks School District. The district's reputation of excellence is well known, not only in the Houston metroplex, but throughout the state of Texas. As a professional educator, it is important to be associated with a school district whose goals for its students are aligned with my philosophy of teaching.

  • Hope your students have as much fun as mine did working on the project!