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 students.
Here is Janiel's story in his own words:
"Ever since I started school, I never believed in myself. I didn't know how to read, I was terrible at math, and I was still having trouble learning English. I failed... a lot. I felt stupid. I felt like I could never get better."
"All my teachers tried to help me, but nothing really worked... especially with my reading. I got caught up with math as I got older, but my reading was still awful."
"When I found out I was starting System 44, I knew it wasn't going to work. And I told my teacher that. I told him, "I can't read and I'll never be able to."
"System 44 was really hard for me. I had a hard time sounding out the words. I had trouble spelling and even doing the sound games was really tricky for me. But after a few months, I noticed that I was getting better. I could read words that I never could before. I started to feel more confident. I started to feel happier. I started to believe that I could really do it."
"Now that I'm in READ 180 I am reading at my grade level. I got proficient on my last Lexile test! I've gone up over 750 points!"
"My goal is to be reading at Advanced by the end of the year. I know it is going to be really challenging, but I'm determined to do it. I'm reading everyday and trying to become the best reader I can."
READ 180 changed my life and I know that any other kid can do what I did. I was really bad at reading and if I can get better I know they can too. When I grow up I want to be a READ 180 teacher. I'm going to help kids just like me."