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Posted by Scott Toonder on August 17 2015 at 4:38 PM
The first few days of the new school year are almost here, and that means it’s time to start planning our implementation of The First Three Weeks! Here are a few strategies that you may want to consider. 1. INVEST THE TIME AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR Teachers new to READ 180 have a hard time with the concept of spending such a long time assimilating the students to the program. READ 180 veterans often feel like they know the program well enough to jump right in. In…
Posted by Debbie Lee on August 07 2015 at 2:24 PM
With the beginning of a new school year upon us, it's time to think about giving students the SRI to determine their starting Lexiles.  Because it’s important to get accurate SRI results from students when they first enter READ 180, or are first Lexiled, TARGETING them in SAM is essential. Read on for a few essential SRI tips and practices.    WHAT IS TARGETING? Targeting is a practice that assigns an entry level for each student before he or she takes the SRI / Reading…
Posted by Debbie Lee on July 24 2015 at 2:48 PM
A little bit of preparation before the school year begins brings huge rewards all year long   For the past five years, I have created my own class folders chock-full of information, tips, and reminders to help students succeed and learn. This resource is inexpensive to create and customizable to each teachers’ preferences and students’ needs.  Through the use of the folders and labels therein, students can easily find information they need.  Students can keep their reading…
Posted by Scott Toonder on July 23 2015 at 4:54 PM
Jesus was born in Puerto Rico.  When he was four years old, his family moved to the United States.  They spoke limited English.  Jesus spoke almost none.  Jesus grew up in and around a low-income housing project in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a neighborhood, like too many others, plagued by unacceptable rates of poverty and crime. By second grade, after three years in the school system, Jesus had progressed to an English Language Learner level of “Beginner” and was in the…
Posted by Scott Toonder on July 13 2015 at 1:48 PM
If you are new to teaching READ 180, opening up all those boxes for the first time can give you a minor (or major) panic attack. What is all this stuff? What am I supposed to with it all? Where do I get started? Here are some tips that will help. 1. Remember to breathe. Not only is everything going to be alright, everything is going to be better than before. READ 180 is an awesome program. Once you get going, you are going to love it -- and your students are going to love coming to…
Posted by Debbie Lee on July 10 2015 at 12:11 PM
Did you buy an Apple Watch?  I did.  I wanted a replacement for my recalled Fitbit activity tracking wrist band. And I was intrigued by Apple Watch's other possibilities.  However, I never considered that it might be useful in my READ 180 classes. Read on to learn how my Apple Watch (or Smartphone) has become invaluable as a transition tool. A PLETHORA OF TIMERSI've tried many rotation timers: Egg timers- manual and digital, power point timers, timer websites, and assorted…
Posted by Debbie Lee on June 15 2015 at 7:28 AM
As I was checking out the MSC Brochure last night, I was amazed at the huge selection of professional development sessions I could attend.  From "researched-based strategies for rigorous learning opportunities for all students, as well as new, innovated practices," to checking out model elementary, middle, and high school programs' successes, there is something for everyone.Read on to see some of my personal favorites, then check out the Model Schools Conference Brochure to find YOUR…
Posted by Debbie Lee on June 09 2015 at 2:30 PM
In November 2014, I posted a blog about how I am encouraging my 9th grade students to improve their writing and include textual evidence using the READ 180 Next Generation Writing Zone.  I am very proud of their progress. Check out a few of my students’ paragraphs from their September/October 2014 Writing Zones and their recent Writing Zones.  Are they perfect?  No.  However, I see a lot improvement from where students were at the beginning of the year to now, such as:…
Posted by Debbie Lee on June 04 2015 at 11:34 AM
Inspire your students to read all summer for fun, read to relax and unwind, and read to prevent that infamous summer brain drain. There are many summer reading programs and websites available to encourage students to read; however, many are geared toward elementary and middle school students. Getting our high school students to read during the school year is often tough.  Inspiring them to read over the summer is a Herculean task.  Read on to explore a few options for reaching…
Posted by Scott Toonder on May 26 2015 at 6:31 PM
One of my favorite READ 180 activities is finishing up the final SRI and then looking at the end of year data.  It is a great time to reflect on the year, think about areas we can improve, and, yes, give ourselves a well-deserved pat on the back.  Here is a small sample of some of the reports I pull up and some of the things I look for…    INSTRUCTIONAL PLANNING REPORT When judging both myself and my students, I try to focus on growth rather than proficiency.  For…