Whether you are in your first year teaching READ 180 or you are a seasoned veteran, reflection is what helps us continue to improve our teaching and in turn improve our students’ achievements. Daily we have those general reflections – It was a great day! or Oh my, I hope tomorrow is better. However, purposeful reflection on your year is an excellent way to pinpoint specific fidelity markers that will guide you in making meaningful improvements to your classroom.
I remember when I was first trained for READ 180, I was so overwhelmed with all the routines, materials, and resources. I received some wise advice from an incredible Implementation Manager. She told me that there are some non-negotiable resources and routines to implement from the beginning to ensure fidelity with the program. Then, once those are mastered, she explained, you can start working on the other resources that will enhance your classroom instruction.
There is a resource in SAM to assist you in making sure you have the most essential pieces of implementation in action in your classroom. To access these documents use the keywords: "Implement Review" if you have a READ 180 stand alone class, "S44 R180 Implement Review" if you have a mixed model class, or "44 Implementation" if you have a System 44 stand alone class. These are checklist style forms that give you specific indicators to ensure that your implementation is successful. You can use this resource to guide you in making decisions about your instructional goals for next year.