I am ready for vacation, as I am sure you are too! With the school year so busy and demanding, I need time to chill, to decompress, and enjoy my family and friends who have patiently waited for my full attention this summer. However, as a realist, I know that throughout the summer there will be times when I see something that inspires me and makes me wonder how I could use it to improve my students, classes, and curriculum delivery. If you find yourself in an exploring mood this summer, perhaps some of my favorite resources will also inspire you. If you have new resources to share, I would love to explore your favorites.
Michael Linsin's blogs have been an invaluable resource to me as a high school teacher with behavior management challenges. His behavior management strategies target students of all grades and ages and helps put teacher back in control of their classrooms. Check out his blogs and sign up to have them emailed weekly. I guarantee his strategies will help.
Lexiled current events articles, many with quizzes, similar to the READ 180 eReads. These make great homework, substitute, and workshop connection assignments.
Short reading articles are used to assesses students' reading and assign them short reading articles and quizzes. Students move up levels based on their quiz scores, which is a great way for students to see their immediate improvement.
No Red Ink builds stronger writers through interest-based curriculum, adaptive exercises, and actionable data. Teachers can individualized instruction based on student strengths and weaknesses.
have you ever listened to a student read their written work aloud as if it were not riddled with errors, missing punctuation, and misspellings? Teaching students do use this text-to-speech reader will help them really hear their mistakes. Once introduced, it becomes an automatic go-to resource for my students in all their classes when writing with a computer.
Have you used Google Classroom with your students yet? If you have, great! If not, check it out and see what you are missing! I use Google Classroom for all written compositions and project work.
Shake Up Learning's Kasey Bell knows all things Google. If your school uses Google's free suite of apps and email, between Shake Up Learning and Alice Keeper, their blogs, videos, and resources will answer all your questions - even those you didn't think to ask!
Symbaloo is my favorite resource webpage that puts you totally in control. Create one page for each of your ReaL Book or rBook Workshops and 44Book Modules. Save websites, Google or Dropbox Folders, YouTube videos, links to an Educator Community Resource, etc., for quick and easy access to everything you will need to teach your READ 180 curriculum.
Find free resources designed for your READ 180 classroom. You can also add your resources and make them available to other educators who, like you, are looking for materials to use with their READ 180 classes.
READ 180 teachers can find free and paid resources, some specific to your READ 180 needs, on this widely-used site.
Teacher and author Kelly Gallagher is one of my go-to mentors and resources for teaching reading, writing, and general knowledge. Check out his website's books, resources (articles of the week), and blogs. His book, Readicide, and a workshop he presented on modeling writing to students are constantly on my mind. Check out his Resources page for his Articles of the Week program. If his articles are above your students' reading levels, try substituting Newsela articles (linked above).
And don't forget to go to the READ 180 Community and check out some of the blogs that you might have missed. There are 5 years or more of blogs from READ 180 teachers Sally, Andrea, Scott, Tashena, and Debbie (me). We all share helpful tips for all levels of READ 180, not just the level they post under. So check out each blogger's posts; I guarantee you will find something new, interesting, and helpful.
Do you have a unique or complicated question about READ 180? AskDee can help, or direct you to someone (i.e. technology) who will be able to assist.
This weekend, I am off to the Model Schools Conference in Nashville to meet and celebrate the 2017 180 Award Winners and then a long-awaited July vacation. I will be back in August to help you all get started with your 2017-2018 school year.
Enjoy your vacations! And maybe take Some(mer) Time to Explore as you begin to prepare for the year ahead. If you think of any topic you would like to see discussed in a blog, please comment below.