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Posted by Holly Burwell on September 26 2018 at 3:40 PM
Too often I find that teachers are stuck while getting started in Do The Math. How can I trust the data I have in order to help me make placement decisions? Whether you have Math Inventory or not, there are a couple things to keep in mind when you get ready to place students.  1.      What data do I have available? If you are a district that uses Math Inventory, this may be your starting point for determining placement into Do The Math. Because it's a…
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Posted by Dr. Anne Cunningham, Ph.D. on October 04 2018 at 3:45 PM
As a classroom teacher, you have access to an incredible volume of information and numbers. You have demographic information, state test scores, norms, stanines, percentiles, attendance records, running records…each child in your class is a collection unto herself. Add in data reporting from an adaptive program like iRead, and you may simply ask yourself: What is one to do with all this data?  Raw data on a spreadsheet is fascinating. A trained eye can gauge (assess) the ability, needs,…
Posted by Holly Burwell on September 26 2018 at 3:40 PM
Too often I find that teachers are stuck while getting started in Do The Math. How can I trust the data I have in order to help me make placement decisions? Whether you have Math Inventory or not, there are a couple things to keep in mind when you get ready to place students.  1.      What data do I have available? If you are a district that uses Math Inventory, this may be your starting point for determining placement into Do The Math. Because it's a…
Posted by Charmion Mohning on September 25 2018 at 3:40 PM
Any athlete will tell you that a nutritious diet is a key component to being at the top of their game. However, there's a second kind of food that pushes athletes from good to great. Feedback is an essential part of any athlete's diet. A gymnast cannot improve their routines without timely and authentic feedback. A reader grows and learns with the same type of food--feedback. In READ 180, students receive feedback simply from using the software. Several other opportunities to provide feedback…
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…