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Posted by Andrea Barnes on December 10 2018 at 5:38 PM
     "Million words?" "What?" "Are you kidding me?" "How am I going to read a million words?" These were the comments on the first day of school after the students saw the "Cruise Through Reading" marker from 0-1,000,000 on the wall of our classroom.     We discussed the different ways they could earn a million words: eReads, paperback books, digital books, or listening to an audiobook. The comments started to change to, "Um, maybe", "I can at least try!", "Never…
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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…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on October 25 2018 at 6:27 PM
After the HMH Mindset Survey I really started paying attention to what my students said in conversation with me and each other. Many had a growth mindset but not a lot of gumption. The term nowadays is "Grit"! I started thinking, "How can I encourage my students to seriously go after their hopes and dreams?" I didn't want them just "dreaming" about graduating high school, getting a job, living in a pretty house, having a nice family, vacationing anywhere of their choice, getting a…
Posted by Charmion Mohning on October 23 2018 at 2:36 PM
If you watch golf on any given Sunday, you’ll hear the announcers talking about the leaders really bringing their "A" game. Our reading students deserve a chance to understand what an A game in reading is and how much fun it is to develop one. To set the tone to achieve a better reading game we need to offer them hints and tips in a kind and respectful way to inspire an inquisitive nature. If we require students to do the work, then we are obliged to coach them to approach the various tasks in…
Posted by Sally Doulton on October 10 2018 at 9:47 PM
There is nothing wrong with the book The Pushcart War by Jean Merril or any of the other required reading books that my ninth grade students needed to read during my first year of teaching at John F. Kennedy H.S., Bronx, N.Y., in 1985. It's just that my striving readers were unable to decode or understand a single paragraph in these mandatory texts. Equipped with a Bachelor of Science (Teacher Preparation) and a semester of successful student teaching experience at JFK High School, I ventured…
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…