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Posted by Ruth Willis on September 19 2018 at 4:15 PM
One thing I love about a new school year is that it is always a time of new beginnings, a time for growth! I have both students who are new to middle school and READ 180 as well as some who are returning to the program to continue their growth in reading. This year my school system moved from the READ 180 Next Generation to Universal. With great excitement, I looked forward to this great change. Another blessing for my classroom has been the addition of a Promethean Panel.  As…
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Posted by Ruth Willis on September 19 2018 at 4:15 PM
One thing I love about a new school year is that it is always a time of new beginnings, a time for growth! I have both students who are new to middle school and READ 180 as well as some who are returning to the program to continue their growth in reading. This year my school system moved from the READ 180 Next Generation to Universal. With great excitement, I looked forward to this great change. Another blessing for my classroom has been the addition of a Promethean Panel.  As…
Posted by Tyler Schlagenhauf M. Ed. on September 18 2018 at 12:35 PM
Back-to-school time–better known for the time of eagerly anticipating showing up at your classroom steps ready to have the brain muscles worked out until utter exhaustion. The developing of minds ready to be fully stimulated by the depth and breadth of knowledge that resides within the walls of the learning institution is here. While stimulating the mind and constantly adapting to the current need, yes, it is important to focus on the students too… When a positive classroom environment is…
Posted by Le’Vada Gray on September 05 2018 at 1:55 PM
Back to School is one of my favorite times of year because I love the smell of a fresh box of crayons, buying new school supplies and notebooks, and having a new start. It’s probably why I became a classroom teacher myself. After decorating my classroom, setting up my library and sorting supplies, I started every year with planning for how I was going to build a community with my new students. Building a community with your learners is just as important as those initial assessments to support…
Posted by Sally Doulton on August 30 2018 at 7:08 PM
This summer I had the extraordinary privilege of visiting India and Nepal. What amazing views and observations I was able to experience. During my visit, I had the opportunity to speak with students, teachers, and other residents about their schools and education system. I also read the country's daily newspapers that included the latest education news and other related stories.  I confess that before my trip, I was feeling a bit down in the dumps about my teaching schedule as it…
Posted by Dr. Anne Cunningham, Ph.D. on August 30 2018 at 2:58 PM
What is more satisfying than when a student asks if she can "play" with something that you know has educational value? Play is a beautiful word; it tells you that she is engaged, having fun, and above all else, your student  does not view this as a task. You may have smiled to yourself after hearing a student ask if she can play iRead, but as her teacher you know that it does not need to begin and end with the software.  The Power of Play Have you ever seen a child pick up an object,…
Posted by Charmion Mohning on August 17 2018 at 4:25 PM
Coaching may be the most valuable tool in a reading teacher's tool belt to consistently grow readers. Teaching students new skills and strategies is necessary and important, but you have to be able to coach to help students acquire those skills and strategies. The end goal of reading instruction is agency--creating independent readers who flexibly make decisions while reading. Great teachers coach; they help learners set attainable goals--long term and short term, provide opportunities for…
Posted by Denise Giddens on August 17 2018 at 2:40 PM
In high school I set a gold medal goal of graduating as number one, #1, in my class. I almost reached that goal! Graduating number two, #2, was quite an accomplishment. It was not the intended gold, but a silver medal is nothing to complain about, right? However, what if I had not set such a high goal to get me into motion? Would I have reached my full potential? Maybe not! I doubt Olympian athletes set goals of achieving bronze or silver medals either. They reach their full potential by always…
Posted by Dr. Monica Robinson on August 17 2018 at 11:09 AM
While I know this social platform often gets a bad rap, my new favorite form of professional development is Twitter. I love the ability to connect with friends, colleagues, and experts I admire while exploring articles and videos that interest or influence me. Information that I may never have encountered through my own searches and normed behavior is on display and peer-reviewed by people I trust and admire most. Yes, I even appreciate the "You May Have Missed" because I know information is…
Posted by Dr. Monica Robinson on August 15 2018 at 9:39 AM
Attending conferences and professional training has been a significant part of my development as an educator. While training can certainly vary, learning from others is always a welcomed opportunity. Every year I look to participate in different conferences or online seminars, and I strive to experience training that will:  Provide instructional strategies that increase or enhance student learning. Offer new content that will improve instruction for teachers. Refine my coaching and…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on August 09 2018 at 4:30 PM
Setting up your classroom and procedures before school starts will help make for a successful school year and fill you with anticipation for the instructional conversations and growth that are going to occur within the environment.Setting Up Your Classroom: Whole and Small Group Learning1. Arrange desks or tables to allow for teacher directed instruction and student interaction. My student desks are placed in three groups of six or three groups of four and one group of eight.2. Create a Small…