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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 December 18 2019 at 8:56 AM
For many, January is a time of reflection and goal setting. I began this planning this month to make the most of the new year. As a READ 180 teacher, I reflect on student progress and ways I can support student goals. In READ 180 we set, evaluate, and reevaluate goals throughout the school year. As a class, we set goals each month for number of words read. The week before taking the Reading Inventory, students set individual Lexile goals. I use goal setting and…
Posted by on December 17 2019 at 3:20 PM
As I busted out the holiday decorations, I was looking for just the right thing to perk up my holiday chalkboard. As luck would have it, my grandparent’s percolating coffee pot filled with succulents was just the thing. I perked up just thinking of all the happy memories of coming down their steps to the smell of fresh coffee.  As I was thinking about percolating and pick-me-ups, I thought that mid-year is the right time to figure out what might need some perking up in our READ…
Posted by Jessica Button on December 12 2019 at 2:39 PM
Ah, the holiday season is here. It’s so hard to believe that Thanksgiving is over, and Winter Break is a little more than a week away. This time of year can certainly be exciting and exhausting at the same time. Because of this, I always try to plan something for my students that is a little bit different, knowing that they very well may be sidetracked and not as focused as I would ideally like them to be. I want to ensure we are making the most of our time together, and I find that hands-on…
Posted by Tammy Grimes on December 03 2019 at 11:47 AM
My READ 180 students just finished the unit on D-Day in the ReaL Book. Throughout the workshop we discussed problems and solutions, used thinking maps to show the causes and effects, and analyzed people, events, and ideas. My students learned many new facts about World War II and the D-Day invasion in Normandy. A couple of facts that took them by surprise were even though the Allies were trapped at the bottom of the cliffs and surrounded by water, they prevailed and ended up…
Posted by on November 19 2019 at 7:37 AM
We are always giving a high-five, quick thank you as we pass in the hallways, and quick smile of recognition. However, taking the time to send a thank you note, goes a long way and is actually cool. In our district, one of the recommendations we encourage teachers to adopt is to write a thank you note and include connections to reflective questions asked, feedback received from walk throughs, and data talks during the quarter. We are finding that it gives both the teacher and school…
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…