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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 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…
Posted by Charmion Mohning on August 29 2019 at 1:37 PM
It’s established at the very beginning that Sam-I-Am does not like green eggs and ham. In fact, he is adamant that he does not like them neither here nor there. Not anywhere. Some of our READ 180students feel the same way about reading. Not all of them, just some of them. I was recently asked in a training for READ 180 administrators what the best way to hook readers on books and reading was. I had to give the most honest answer I know—any way you can. There’s no one single…
Posted by Sally Doulton on August 24 2019 at 12:49 PM
Decoding words is a seemingly effortless task for proficient readers, but this skill presents a real struggle for the emerging/developing decoders in our System 44 classes. When I taught my first System 44 class 12 years ago, I was clueless about what method to use to teach my students how to break down words into their parts so as to set them on the road to reading success. I figured if they couldn't do this task by grade 7, then they may never be able to do it. Furthermore, how could I…
Posted by Tammy Grimes on August 22 2019 at 1:46 PM
     There are so many tasks, emotions, and learning moments that connect us as READ 180teachers. I have no doubt that data talks during PLC time or faculty meetings take place during these moments. At my school, data is always a big part of our conversation at faculty and department meetings. We often have conversations on how we can get our kids to accelerate growth or maintain the current trajectory. The administrative team asks teachers what interventions can be put in…
Posted by Jessica Button on August 16 2019 at 5:59 PM
Finally, it was Friday, and the end of the first week of school. Thursday, I walked over 15,000 steps and ate too much junk food. Is your staff lounge as overflowing with carby foods as ours is the first week of school? (Wait… who am I kidding, there are ridiculous amounts of food in there all year!) It is so hard for me to admit, but I decided to be raw with my emotions with this post. I fully admit that I am beyond stressed right now, and it’s a Friday. My classroom isn’t ready; the walls are…
Posted by Charmion Mohning on August 13 2019 at 4:03 PM
Revving Up for the Back-to-School    Rest, renew, and refresh were the top goals for my summer vacation. Hopefully, you’ve had a moment to work on these summer projects as well. The teaching year is a cycle, and now it’s time to think about how to get your teaching engine revving for the new school year.      I get a lot of joy out of planning fun, unique reading and team building experiences during the summer because the pressure to perform is much less. Letting…
Posted by on August 09 2019 at 9:44 AM
As the Stage C READ 180 Educator of the Year, I had the privilege of attending the Model Schools Conference in Washington D.C. While there, I had the opportunity to attend some great workshops and hear some terrific speakers. After perusing the gigantic program of choices, I thought I would focus my attention on sessions revolving around implementing rigor (an area my department is working on improving) and increasing student communication (one of our teaching power components this year). Two…
Posted by Charmion Mohning on August 02 2019 at 1:26 PM
Dear READ 180 Administrator,     I just wanted to say thank you for an amazing year. I really enjoy turning dormant, disengaged, and striving readers into lifelong readers. Your support has made a world of difference for my students. When students see the partnership between teachers and administrators, they are deeply impacted for the better. They also see us modeling working collaboratively, which is a skill they’ll need in the world of work.     It made a…
Posted by on July 30 2019 at 7:29 AM
Ever wonder what might happen if you put 5,000 educators from around the country under one roof? That’s 5,000 educators who are hungry for change, transformation, and purpose. 5,000 educators whose driving force--their “raison d’etre”--is their students. Well, folks, I’ve seen it--and it’s magic. Pure magic. Adding to the magic was how I got to be a part of this scene in the first place: this year I worked really, really, hard to help striving readers realize and reach their full…