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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 Charmion Mohning on June 06 2019 at 12:11 PM
Stop the summer slide by showing your students how you prepare for your summer reading life. You might explain how your summer reading life differs from your school year reading life. Readers vary what they read. In my case, I read a larger variety of literature over the summer than during the school year. It's not all just professional reading and middle grades and YA literature for me during the summer. Last week, I brought home a whole stack of books that we'll be featuring in our…
Posted by kimberly.olivetorrance on June 04 2019 at 9:46 AM
Happy June! That time of year that we celebrate, wrap-up, refine plans, and then take some time to rest. However, we know before the rest can begin, sometimes we need to think through questions we may have or data inquiries that are sparked by end of year data. Are there students that may benefit from participating in System 44 that we have not previously considered? Would System 44 benefit ELL students? How can we begin to think this through more as a team? As we finish the school year and…
Posted by Jessica Button on May 22 2019 at 2:13 PM
It's May here in the Sonoran Desert, which means the air conditioners are clocking in overtime hours, state testing is finished, and summer is quickly approaching. Our school calendar runs from early August to late May, so as I write this our end-of-year countdown has reached the single digits. This means I'm gearing up to wind down the year, celebrate students' achievements, and say goodbye to another great group of READ 180 all-stars! Preparing to Administer the Final Reading Inventory Our…
Posted by Jessica Rivkin on April 26 2019 at 2:58 PM
My own experience as a striving reader provides me with insight and a deep understanding of how students feel and what they are experiencing as they grapple with text, comprehension, and confidence- Oh My!  Though I am an avid reader today, I have made sure not to forget and always remember to take that real-world connection into every coaching visit when supporting reading and ELA teachers. Probably my deepest raw emotion is evoked when I recall my reading challenges at the age of 13. I…
Posted by Sally Doulton on April 26 2019 at 2:26 PM
Ryan doesn't like the short-vowel /e/ sound or other short- vowel sounds for that matter. As a matter of fact, short-vowel sounds, especially /e/can remain forever "silent" as far as he's concerned. Ryan can read numerous sight words and decode some unfamiliar multi-syllable words, but when it comes to distinguishing the short- vowel sounds in words such as sit, set, sat; big, beg, bug; or pit, pet, pat, he gets stumped, frustrated, and proclaims that "It is time to take a nap!" Ryan is a…
Posted by Charmion Mohning on April 18 2019 at 3:10 PM
The Million Word Reader Tour is officially rolling in our school district. Not only do we celebrate classes that hit the million word mark and beyond, but we commend and honor students who individually read a million words in a school year. These are the readers who have truly become self-determined, independent readers. They've really done a full 180 degree turn from being near non-readers to students who love to read. And, as you keep reading, you will find that getting those 6 zeros…
Posted by Jessica Button on April 17 2019 at 2:30 PM
I know that my READ 180 students are those that sometimes experience frustration because they are below grade level. Many of them "hide" in their regular classrooms, not wanting to draw attention to themselves or have their challenges with reading revealed. I know each of you already understand this, but sometimes saying it out loud among other READ 180 teachers immediately creates a bond. I work hard to build my students' confidence by building meaningful relationships. I also know that…
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…
Posted by on April 04 2019 at 3:32 PM
This is a continuation of my previous blog post, where I recounted what I learned from this past year's National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in Washington, D.C. In the first post, I compared my NCTM experiences to a nearby museum. In this one, I compare them to an opportunity granted to HMH employees. Not knowing what it would involve but craving a classroom experience, in late 2017 I signed up for an HMH class titled "Learning Creative Learning." It was a survey…
Posted by on April 04 2019 at 3:24 PM
As part of our annual 180 Awards nomination and selection process, HMH is always proud to celebrate all of the gains and accomplishments of students around the country--and this year is no different.The following MATH 180 student winners were acknowledged by their teachers and HMH for their remarkable improvements and academic distinction in math. Each student winner received $500 and the nominating educators of each MATH 180 winner also received a $1,000 gift…