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Posted by Scott Toonder on January 18 2018 at 11:03 AM
Given the recent influx of English Language Learners that many schools across the country are experiencing, I thought it would be worth while to give us a quick checklist of the supports that READ 180 has in place for these special students.Whole and Small Group Instruction:Take advantage of the anchor videos, both before beginning a workshop and before reading each new article.  Seeing them multiple times can be very beneficial for students learning English.And, make sure you are…
Posted by Scott Toonder on January 08 2018 at 2:06 PM
It seems to be the same every year...  I go into my Comprehension Skills Report and a huge chunk of my kids are below benchmark in Finding the Main Idea.  So, I spend several of my differentiation checkpoints teaching and reteaching the skill.It always helps.  The numbers always improve.  But it seems like the problem never goes away.  It seems like no matter what I do, there are always 4 or 5 students still struggling with the Main Idea skill.  But there are so…
Posted by Sally Doulton on December 03 2017 at 7:01 PM
Want to increase the focus of your students during Whole-Group Instruction? How about teaching your Whole-Group ReaL Book lesson without being confined to the teacher computer and/ or pressing tabs directly onto your interactive board? Better yet, imagine being able to walk around your classroom while displaying text, vocabulary words, writing instruction, and videos while providing support to individual student needs as the lesson is displayed. READ 180 Universal allows the classroom teacher…
Posted by Sally Doulton on November 26 2017 at 3:53 PM
When a student asked me how he could get pomegranate stains off of his favorite sweatshirt after a student threw one at him in the hallway, I answered, "Why don't you just Google it"?. "What?" he asked. I replied, "Just take out your phone and find ways to remove pomegranate stains from clothing. Then try to remove the stains with the tips that you learned." I then suggested that he present his findings to the class on Friday along with before and after photos of the project. Hmm...I thought,…
Posted by Sally Doulton on November 11 2017 at 3:29 PM
My former blog titled "What Will Your READ 180 Story Be?"  highlighted tips to get your students thinking about how they can make a "180" in your classes this year.  For my students, grasping the concept of making a "180", along with strategies to achieve it, requires constant mini-lessons that remind them of the importance of "Mindset" and how effort and perseverance will help them to achieve both the short- and long-term goals they have for themselves. My students' learning needs…
Posted by Scott Toonder on November 02 2017 at 4:45 PM
For many schools and districts, the time for the second Reading Inventory of the year has arrived (or is fast approaching).  And, after all your students' scores are in, you'll want to look over how they (and, at least in part by extension, you) did.  So, here are a few reports you should pull up and a thought or two on how you may want to think about what you see.Growth ReportKeep in mind that the second Reading Inventory of the year is supposed to be more of a placement check than…
Posted by Scott Toonder on October 20 2017 at 10:26 AM
Science is a long way from figuring out every intricacy of the human brain, but one thing seems pretty clear-- the more you know about something, the easier it is to learn more about it.The process is really a lot more complicated than I can explain (or that you probably want to hear about), but it works something like this:As you learn, your brain makes connections from different groups of neurons , building a schematic web for that subject area.When you encounter new knowledge or skills, your…
Posted by Sally Doulton on October 14 2017 at 1:17 PM
"What Will Your READ 180 Story Be?" is a significant question posed to students in the Getting Started Workshop in the READ 180 Universal ReaL Book. For teachers who implement the MATH 180 and System 44 programs, the question can be "What Will Your 180 Story Be?" Using a Backwards Design approach with teaching my struggling learners, I decided to focus a good part of the first weeks of instruction with guiding my students into thinking where they would like to see themselves as learners and…
Posted by Scott Toonder on October 05 2017 at 1:28 PM
At the beginning of the year, we spend tons of energy making sure our students feel comfortable every aspect of the program.  We make sure they know how to rotate, find books at their level, navigate the software... the list goes on and on.  With all this time well spent, it can be jarring when we get a new student after all our introduction activities have already happened.  The new students have missed so much!  How can we possibly hope to cover all that they weren't…
Posted by Scott Toonder on September 20 2017 at 10:25 AM
Finding ways to get the Modeled and Independent Reading Group operating smoothly can be one of the most important, and hardest, jobs of the READ 180 teacher.There are so many important protocols for the students  to get comfortable with that it can be overwhelming for them, as well as you. The kids need to know how to:Fill out their Reading Logs Find appropriately-leveled paperback booksComplete Quickwrites and graphic organizerTake quizzes on Reading Counts!And that's just to…