I am a literacy specialist at Marvine Elementary School in Bethlehem, PA, an urban school with a high population of at-risk learners. I have been teaching READ 180 to the school’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders for the past eight years and this will be my fifth year teaching System 44. I currently teach both stand alone READ 180 classes, as well as integrated System 44 and READ 180 models.
READ 180 is a blended learning solution designed for students in grades 4-12 who are two or more grade levels behind in reading and writing. READ 180 is divided into four daily rotations: Whole-Group Instruction, Small-Group Learning, Instructional Technology, and Modeled & Independent Reading. Each day, I start class with Whole-Group, then divide students based on their level into smaller groups for rotations by using READ 180’s GroupinatorTM. Following this model, my READ 180 and System 44 students are reading, writing, talking, and thinking critically everyday. Over the course of my years teaching READ 180, I’ve seen incredible gains amongst my students.
While research shows that more instructional time results in greater gains, if your school is anything like mine, then finding the ideal daily 90-minute time block to employ READ 180 can be a daunting task. Between RTI, Guided Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, and the regular Reading curriculum it can feel nearly impossible. Working with our Scholastic Implementation Consultant, we were able to determine several, flexible instructional models that worked with our schedule. So here are a few options that you may want to share with your principal as you think ahead to next year:
Double Period (80+ minutes):
Two Daily Single Periods: (40-59 minutes each)
One Daily Extended Single Period (60-79 minutes):
Whatever your schedule, the most crucial thing for achieving student growth is that students are able to spend time in each of the four rotations: Whole-Group Instruction, Small-Group Learning, Instructional Technology, and Modeled & Independent Reading. Learn more about other scheduling options that have been implemented successfully in many places.