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Posted by Jessica Button on May 22 2019 at 2:13 PM
It's May here in the Sonoran Desert, which means the air conditioners are clocking in overtime hours, state testing is finished, and summer is quickly approaching. Our school calendar runs from early August to late May, so as I write this our end-of-year countdown has reached the single digits. This means I'm gearing up to wind down the year, celebrate students' achievements, and say goodbye to another great group of READ 180 all-stars! Preparing to Administer the Final Reading Inventory Our…
Posted by Charmion Mohning on April 18 2019 at 3:10 PM
The Million Word Reader Tour is officially rolling in our school district. Not only do we celebrate classes that hit the million word mark and beyond, but we commend and honor students who individually read a million words in a school year. These are the readers who have truly become self-determined, independent readers. They've really done a full 180 degree turn from being near non-readers to students who love to read. And, as you keep reading, you will find that getting those 6 zeros…
Posted by Jessica Button on April 17 2019 at 2:30 PM
I know that my READ 180 students are those that sometimes experience frustration because they are below grade level. Many of them "hide" in their regular classrooms, not wanting to draw attention to themselves or have their challenges with reading revealed. I know each of you already understand this, but sometimes saying it out loud among other READ 180 teachers immediately creates a bond. I work hard to build my students' confidence by building meaningful relationships. I also know that…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on April 11 2019 at 7:15 AM
Do you have those enthusiastic students who arrive to class with a smile and an enthusiasm to match? No matter how my day is going, these students make it even better!We are all into arriving to class on time, completing the Do Now, the Whole Group lesson, the READ 180 routines, choosing books that we enjoy, and working to our fullest potential. And there are some students that take it to the next level! These students are slowly changing the mindset of their classmates. Throughout the class…
Posted by Scott Toonder on May 03 2018 at 5:44 AM
As we await the announcement of the this year's READ 180 All Star Award winners, I've been reflecting on some of the former winners and nominees.  Over the years, I've nominated many students have had the unique privilege of meeting many of the former All Star Award winners- and for some reason, their incredible stories started running through my head.Alright, I admit it... I was getting a little too nostalgic:)I pulled up my nominees essays, looked through old pictures, and watched every…
Posted by Scott Toonder on April 09 2018 at 8:45 AM
There is a common misconception that phonics (and all the prerequisite sound/grapheme skills involved in it) is something that is taught exclusively in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade.  The truth is that even proficient readers continue to build their word attack skills through eighth grade and beyond.   This, of course, holds even more true for the struggling readers served by READ 180.  With precious few exceptions, all of our students have gaps in their decoding…
Posted by on March 30 2018 at 2:26 PM
The Reading Zone can be one of the most challenging zones in READ 180 Universal's software. It challenges students to answer high-level questions that require close reading skills and reading strategies that are used by successful readers.  How do you get your students' scores to soar in READ 180 Universal's Reading Zone?  Follow these tips to jump-start your students' success in this zone.  Step 1          Familiarize yourself with the various…
Posted by Scott Toonder on March 10 2018 at 9:16 AM
Differentiation Checkpoints built into the READ 180 Workshops give us the perfect opportunity for whole and small-group differentiated instruction, and the various "grouping reports" available in SAM give us all the data we need to group our students according to their individual needs.  However, there may be times when delving into an individual student's reading data helps us find trends to unlock their full potential.Here's the process by which I identify my most struggling…
Posted by Scott Toonder on January 31 2018 at 8:18 AM
Janiel's System 44 and READ 180 transformation has been truly remarkable to witness. Since beginning the programs in third grade, Janiel has gone from a severely struggling decoder (one who used to have difficulty sounding out simple, three letter words) to a proficient reader. He entered the programs frustrated and filled with self-doubt and is now a confident, hard-working student.  He is a shining example of the power of persistence, one whose story might help inspire your own…
Posted by Sally Doulton on January 24 2018 at 5:22 PM
When you think of graphic novels, you probably imagine bright colorful comic books or maybe short books composed of simple text with numerous pictures that may not resemble real reading for your students. Well, think again!Read 180 Universal's inclusion of graphic novels sparked a movement I could never have ever anticipated for the incorporation of more graphic novels in my classroom.  Students who frequently abandoned books and read with poor intonation, suddenly became avid readers when…