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Posted by Andrea Barnes on April 11 2019 at 7:15 AM
Do you have those enthusiastic students who arrive to class with a smile and an enthusiasm to match? No matter how my day is going, these students make it even better!We are all into arriving to class on time, completing the Do Now, the Whole Group lesson, the READ 180 routines, choosing books that we enjoy, and working to our fullest potential. And there are some students that take it to the next level! These students are slowly changing the mindset of their classmates. Throughout the class…
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Posted by Melanie Eskildsen on November 15 2019 at 8:25 AM
Graduation is the culminating ceremony which celebrates the achievements of students. It brings a sense of finality to graduates and their families. When our children were all under the age of five, my husband went back to college to earn an additional degree. Taking my young children to the university field house for graduation was a unique experience. My son, age three, wanted to know why daddy was wearing a dress. My oldest daughter, age five, wanted to know whose hand he was…
Posted by Jessica Button on October 22 2019 at 2:18 PM
Differentiation. We all know what it is, right? The Oxford Dictionary defines it as: “The action or process of differentiating or distinguishing between two or more things or people.” So, what exactly does that mean with regards to teaching? How do we ensure we are differentiating for our students? As reading specialists, we always begin with ensuring that we know each students’ strengths and challenges in order to plan accordingly and guide their learning. Each year I…
Posted by Tammy Grimes on October 15 2019 at 12:57 PM
The new school year always brings new routines to your students. We have a combination of students new to school, new to READ 180, and continuing to make that final push to close the gap. I learned early on in READ 180 that one of the best ways for me to begin to make the necessary navigation past new and nerves to consistency were to begin the instructional routines on Day One. As I start year two of my transition to READ 180 Universal, this an approach I am glad to…
Posted by Melanie Eskildsen on October 09 2019 at 4:54 PM
“Please rise for the Pledge of Allegiance” Those words are spoken every day over the school loudspeaker. We listen to the lunch menu, daily announcements, and then we recite the Pledge of Allegiance. This is our morning school routine. Until one day the student reading the announcements forgot the Pledge of Allegiance. My READ 180 class sat in silence staring at me. Their morning school routine had been suddenly broken. Many middle school aged students do not…
Posted by on October 07 2019 at 11:05 AM
Early in my teaching career I discovered that student mindset matters; likewise, teacher mindset matters. Long before I ever heard the term "Growth Mindset," I thought of the whole concept as an attitude, and I suppose the terms positive attitude and growth mindset are somewhat synonymous. By nature, I am a positive, optimistic person who possesses a growth mindset about and toward most things...except running, competitive swimming, and extreme sports! I love that growth mindset is such an…
Posted by on September 19 2019 at 9:34 AM
When was the last time you sat around your supper table and had an academic discussion with your personal kids? My guess is not lately, if ever. Last year I had the pleasure of hearing Kate Kinsella, one of the architects of the READ 180 program, speak twice. Both times she made the point that families don’t have academic discussions when they gather. This idea resonated with me because many of our students aren’t exposed to scholarly conversations often. We owe our students the…
Posted by Jessica Button on September 17 2019 at 6:58 PM
What motivates you? Is it praise? Is it a tangible reward, like a gift card for coffee, food, or a drawing from a student? Is it intrinsic, such as a feeling you get from knowing you did your best or helped someone? If you’re like me, it’s a combination of these, and depending on the situation, different motivators sometimes work better than others.  When we teach character traits and motivations, we are teaching that a character is driven to action because of a motivating factor.…
Posted by Sally Doulton on September 14 2019 at 2:23 PM
Just when some of our students claim that they are "done" with trying to learn a Topic in the System 44 program,  it may be time for us to allot instructional time for one-to-one instruction with our striving readers. One-to-one instruction is often the key that opens the door for some of our older students to build the foundational skills they need to become independent readers. Why Individualized Instruction?Students who may struggle with specific skills in System 44  may have…
Posted by Delia Reed on September 09 2019 at 11:20 AM
Every teacher strives to build a community of confident learners; as educators we aim to help students develop a passion for lifelong learning and the skills to persevere through challenging problem solving. But, as Marilyn Burns says, “solving problems is difficult without a path”.  Do The Math is built to provide students with a choice of different models and pathways so they can experiment as they frame and solve problems. With Do The Math students develop skills to persevere through…
Posted by Community Manager on September 05 2019 at 10:33 AM
My experience at the Model Schools Conference at the Gaylord Resort in Potomac, Washington was an unexpected life-changer. Having the opportunity to attend an event with 5,000 educators left me speechless. Upon arrival, Noelle Morris, first READ 180 teacher and Director of Professional Events greeted all the 180 Educator winners with a warm smile and excitement for all of us. It quickly became evident that though her personality and expertise if infectious, the core of her heart and mind for…