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Posted by Meghan Brann on January 11 2019 at 5:30 PM
     As 2019 begins, many of us are reflecting on the current school year. We started the year with a set of goals and expectations for our students. And, at the mid-point of the school year, we step back and reflect upon the content we have covered, the growth of our students, which then leads us to ask ourselves some important questions. Have I accomplished what I wanted yet with my learners? What else can I do to encourage them? How can I prepare them for the state assessment?…
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Posted by Meghan Brann on January 11 2019 at 5:30 PM
     As 2019 begins, many of us are reflecting on the current school year. We started the year with a set of goals and expectations for our students. And, at the mid-point of the school year, we step back and reflect upon the content we have covered, the growth of our students, which then leads us to ask ourselves some important questions. Have I accomplished what I wanted yet with my learners? What else can I do to encourage them? How can I prepare them for the state assessment?…
Posted by Dr. Monica Robinson on January 09 2019 at 2:29 PM
WHY COACHING? As Jim Knight (2018) describes in his book The Impact Cycle, coaching is one of the most effective ways to improve teaching and learning in ANY instructional setting. Coaching involves the reciprocal relationship of giving and receiving feedback, discussion and reflection, and it benefits both experienced and novice teachers alike. Like most divisions, we believe that all teachers can and will improve their practices if they have clear goals and receive consistent coaching. …
Posted by Charmion Mohning on December 04 2018 at 3:00 PM
"Your mission, READ 180 students, should you choose to accept it, is to work together as a class to read a million words by the winter break." This mission is one of the key ways we get students in our district to read often. We support our teachers to help them get their students to engage in the work. Once we have our first class hit the million-word mark, it motivates other classes, who then work on the goal with more effort. Soon, we have many classes that have hit the mark.  Reading a…
Posted by Sally Doulton on November 25 2018 at 7:53 PM
Do your students know how to compose and send an email? Do they know how to check for new messages and reply to them? Sure, they may be familiar with texting, Snap Chat, Instagram and snapping photos, but are they aware that email is an effective way to communicate with their teachers, parents, friends, and future "job" personnel? Hmm...Yes, the title of this blog says it all. At a team meeting a few weeks ago, a parent mentioned that their child didn't understand what an email was. Well, that…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on November 24 2018 at 11:08 AM
Teaching READ 180 allows educators to be creative. The following lesson can be applied to Universal Stage C ReaL Book Workshop #2. This paired reading helps to answer the question "What Makes Us Who We Are?" To extend opportunities for the exploration and to go further into the text within the Workshop, I wanted to share the following successful activities that can be used with an excerpt from Untwine by Edwidge Danticat. On the first day, of the Workshop, play a few minutes of…
Posted by Amy Gibbons on November 09 2018 at 11:08 AM
Independent Reading has been my nemesis since I began teaching READ 180 and System 44 three years ago. We have a wonderful weekly Enrichment program for our whole elementary school, but this means that my intervention time with students is scheduled four times a week for 45 minutes each. My dilemma? How could I fit independent reading time in and still give students enough time in small-group and on the software? I tried several things unsuccessfully:Independent reading every other…
Posted by Noelle Morris on November 01 2018 at 10:52 AM
Get Out! Twenty-five Years of Doing What I Love? This part of the Professional Learning Cycle is by far the most challenging. It requires each of us to get real and do this often, which let’s face it, is not something that is easy. You can ask my friend Patricia, last Friday was a challenging day, full moon, immersed in planning, and a cancelled flight. It took a conversation with her to spark my desire to flip into my reflective mode. What did she remind me? Her words were simple, "You matter…
Posted by Sally Doulton on October 31 2018 at 5:54 PM
Dyslexia, Hard Work, System 44: A Student’s MemoirDear Fellow Community Members,I didn't fully understand what dyslexia was or how to adequately address it, when I taught a former student, Danny, in his 7th and 8th-grade years. I did my best with implementing best practices of the System 44 program and incorporating a few additional strategies into my lessons that I acquired from resources that I sought out.  Danny completed the System 44 program at the beginning of his 8th-grade year and…
Posted by Dr. Monica Robinson on October 30 2018 at 3:19 PM
There's a new credit card commercial starring Jennifer Garner. The tagline of the commercial asks, "What's in your wallet?" The premise is that the credit card you choose to carry in your wallet defines the type of person you are. In the real world, defining who we are requires more than what we have and it is based on what we do. This week while engaging in my Twitter professional development, I came across a post by @educationweek that focused on equity. Simply stated, equity must be more…
Posted by on October 29 2018 at 3:42 PM
Since READ 180 Universal's released in 2016, we've been flooded with messages and comments from teachers about how much they love the new version of the program---from the student app to the teacher supports---find out they like most!Program Overall"READ 180 Universal moves into the 21st century with enriching student-appropriate content to access all potential deficit areas of literacy. It encourages students to acquire a growth mindset and pushes them forward with gentle…