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Posted by Tashena Vickers on May 13 2015 at 1:50 PM
While I know that many of my students are looking forward to summer break because that means, “No school work!” I also know that it is incedibly important for my students who are struggling readers to keep at it over the summer. I need something that is easy, fun, and meaningful to keep my students on track. The last thing I want to do though is create a chore for students that neglects to foster a love of reading. Thankfully, I don’t need to re-invent the wheel: Scholastic has a Summer Reading…
Posted by Scott Toonder on May 06 2015 at 12:17 PM
READ 180 has a strong track record of success with English Language Learners (ELL).  In my own practice, I have often seen ELL students make incredible gains in relatively short periods of time, progressing in terms of their Lexile score, but also in terms of their ELL status.  This year in particular, I have a core of ELL students who are showing impressive gains, and it got me thinking about the things we can do to help our English Language Learners succeed. Here are a few things to…
Posted by Debbie Lee on May 02 2015 at 9:31 AM
As the school year comes to a close, it is time to prepare students to take their final SRI.  Check out the following tips and community member comments that will help you prepare your students for this year-end assessment.We have all had those moments when a student’s Lexile dips below their previous Lexile.  Students are devastated. Teachers are confounded.   What steps can teachers and students take to improve the accuracy of their score?There are several reasons why a student…
Posted by Tashena Vickers on April 20 2015 at 4:39 PM
Need to know how much that student’s Lexile has grown? There’s a report for that! Need to see what skills should be practiced? There’s a report for that! Need to see who has read the most books this year? There’s a report for that! There is rarely a question that pops into my head about my students’ progress and achievement that there isn’t a report to tell me the answer. Many times I just need a quick glance, but often I print the reports and make notes on them.  There are frequently…
Posted by Debbie Lee on April 15 2015 at 8:58 PM
As we near the end of the school year, state testing is over, the weather improves, we countdown the days, and students and teachers often feel restless, anticipating year end.  Independent reading often takes a hit with students more talkative and fidgety, less focused.  This is the perfect time to introduce a class novel. In addition to a change of pace, an end-of-year class novel as a read-aloud is beneficial for students. "Students can listen at a higher level than they…
Posted by Scott Toonder on April 09 2015 at 5:06 PM
Wilfredo is a fifth-grade English Language Learner who moved to the United States from Puerto Rico when he was in third grade.  In addition to the challenge of learning English, Wilfredo is also hearing impaired (he is legally deaf in one ear). Here is his story in his own words:“When I was in third grade, my family came to the U.S.  I was nervous and scared.  I missed my house and my friends, and I was worried about not being able to speak English.  I thought people…
Posted by Debbie Lee on April 01 2015 at 9:08 AM
Join READ 180 and System 44 Educators from across the country at the Model Schools Conference in Atlanta June 28 - July 1, 2015.  Meet leading educational experts and teachers, participate in focused professional development, and gather a plethora of ways to raise the bar in your classrooms back home. If you have not attended one of these conferences in the past, no problem.  NOW is the perfect time!     WHO?    READ 180 & System 44 Educators and…
Posted by Scott Toonder on March 30 2015 at 8:43 PM
The breakdown of student Lexile scores and how to apply them is fairly straightforward.  However, as a teacher, I often face situations where my students might be selecting books that are either too far below or too far above their Lexile score. While it's great that my students are choosing books to read based on interest, its important that they stay on track with their progress. I rely on the “Text Complexity Report” to help me guide my READ 180 students; we are instructed to…
Posted by Scott Toonder on March 23 2015 at 11:54 AM
In just a couple months, Scholastic will be hosting a four day professional event designed exclusively for READ 180 and System 44educators in Atlanta, GA on June 28th through July 1st. I have had the privilege to attend several of these conferences in the past and have been blown away by the quality of the even every time...and this year is even more special because Scholastic partnering the International Center for Leadership in Education's (ICLE) highly regarded Model Schools…
Posted by Debbie Lee on March 20 2015 at 9:43 PM
Now that your students have taken the rSkills College & Career Test, use students’ results as a Formative Assessment tool.  Create individualized reteaching of skills students missed, while teaching students relevant test prep strategies.  In my classroom, because I will be covering everything and more that would have been reviewed during the End-of-Workshop CheckPoint #3, I use this rSkills review in place of the final Workshop CheckPoint.  I usually plan 4-5 days…