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Posted by Andrea Barnes on February 09 2019 at 1:40 PM
Time on task is important and we've all been monitoring to ensure students are on-task within a session for 16-18 minutes, but now, they are ready for you to shift to the next expectation-–stronger mastery percentages. Consider beginning to hold your students accountable for working through the READ 180 Student Application with the goal of achieving 80% and higher in each Zone. Step 1: Students Self-Monitor Time-OnTaskBegin to shift the monitoring of students time on task by implementing an End…
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Posted by Leslie Claiborne on March 19 2019 at 11:49 AM
It's that time of year to begin to ask yourself very specific questions about student performance. You've had the Mid-Year Gains meetings, looked at the data and summarized results for the Phonics Inventory. Inevitably questions begin to formulate. "What's the difference between accuracy and fluency?" "Why have they gone up in accuracy but not fluency?" "What does this all mean?" "How do I help my System 44 students with more targeted instruction and practice with fluency?" Accuracy-Fluency:…
Posted by Charmion Mohning on February 22 2019 at 4:06 PM
It's the end of winter in southeast Texas and that means one thing to flower gardeners--there are blooms just around the corner. Before gardeners can enjoy those flowers, they have to do a bunch of winter clean up. Pulling weeds, fertilizing, and laying down new mulch are just a few of the tasks that need to be rather quickly so that there will be maximum foliage in the spring.The reading classroom is just the same this time of year--it needs a little clean up and maintenance in order for our…
Posted by Denise Giddens on February 21 2019 at 11:49 AM
Why do people collect things?  We collect things as reminders of special times. But if your house is like mine, you don’t have room for lots of unnecessary things.  And you certainly don't like having to dust around things either.  But, there is a prized possession in my house that I don’t mind dusting around--the 180 Outstanding Educator Award that I received last year. It will always have a special place in my house, no matter how many times I have to dust around it because it…
Posted by Dr. Anne Cunningham, Ph.D. on February 14 2019 at 12:49 PM
Signs All Around Words, at their core, are how we make sense of the world. There is a word for just about every concept, no matter how concrete or abstract. Vocabulary, then, might be one of the greatest tools to help our children purposefully navigate the world around them. While there has been much debate, research indicates that the best way to develop a child’s vocabulary is suspiciously simple: children need to talk, be spoken to, and ask many questions, but they must also read…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on February 09 2019 at 1:40 PM
Time on task is important and we've all been monitoring to ensure students are on-task within a session for 16-18 minutes, but now, they are ready for you to shift to the next expectation-–stronger mastery percentages. Consider beginning to hold your students accountable for working through the READ 180 Student Application with the goal of achieving 80% and higher in each Zone. Step 1: Students Self-Monitor Time-OnTaskBegin to shift the monitoring of students time on task by implementing an End…
Posted by Sally Doulton on February 06 2019 at 8:38 PM
Remember the beginning of the year when you taught students how to use the System 44 instructional software? Well, it's midyear and a great time to review a few of the strands; especially the Writing Strand. You most likely recently completed reviewing your Phonics Inventory, PI, Summary Reports and System 44 Reading Progress Report. Who are the students that have moved into Series 12 or are very close. Up to this point, Whole- and Small-Group Instruction has been where students have…
Posted by Meghan Brann on January 11 2019 at 5:30 PM
     As 2019 begins, many of us are reflecting on the current school year. We started the year with a set of goals and expectations for our students. And, at the mid-point of the school year, we step back and reflect upon the content we have covered, the growth of our students, which then leads us to ask ourselves some important questions. Have I accomplished what I wanted yet with my learners? What else can I do to encourage them? How can I prepare them for the state assessment?…
Posted by Dr. Monica Robinson on January 09 2019 at 2:29 PM
WHY COACHING? As Jim Knight (2018) describes in his book The Impact Cycle, coaching is one of the most effective ways to improve teaching and learning in ANY instructional setting. Coaching involves the reciprocal relationship of giving and receiving feedback, discussion and reflection, and it benefits both experienced and novice teachers alike. Like most divisions, we believe that all teachers can and will improve their practices if they have clear goals and receive consistent coaching. …
Posted by Sally Doulton on January 06 2019 at 6:18 PM
The first month of the New Year is coming to a close, and many of us have spent some time reflecting on the past year and contemplating changes we wish to make in the New Year. This year, I decided to take a survey about my past year in the classroom, and draft a few goals I wish to achieve with my students this year. Below you will find the guiding questions along with my responses. A link to these questions can be found in the Resources section of the READ 180 Community page as well. I…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on December 10 2018 at 5:38 PM
     "Million words?" "What?" "Are you kidding me?" "How am I going to read a million words?" These were the comments on the first day of school after the students saw the "Cruise Through Reading" marker from 0-1,000,000 on the wall of our classroom.     We discussed the different ways they could earn a million words: eReads, paperback books, digital books, or listening to an audiobook. The comments started to change to, "Um, maybe", "I can at least try!", "Never…