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Posted by Leslie Claiborne on March 19 2019 at 11:49 AM
It's that time of year to begin to ask yourself very specific questions about student performance. You've had the Mid-Year Gains meetings, looked at the data and summarized results for the Phonics Inventory. Inevitably questions begin to formulate. "What's the difference between accuracy and fluency?" "Why have they gone up in accuracy but not fluency?" "What does this all mean?" "How do I help my System 44 students with more targeted instruction and practice with fluency?" Accuracy-Fluency:…
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Posted by Andrea Barnes on February 09 2019 at 1:40 PM
Time on task is important and we've all been monitoring to ensure students are on-task within a session for 16-18 minutes, but now, they are ready for you to shift to the next expectation-–stronger mastery percentages. Consider beginning to hold your students accountable for working through the READ 180 Student Application with the goal of achieving 80% and higher in each Zone. Step 1: Students Self-Monitor Time-OnTaskBegin to shift the monitoring of students time on task by implementing an End…
Posted by Sally Doulton on February 06 2019 at 8:38 PM
Remember the beginning of the year when you taught students how to use the System 44 instructional software? Well, it's midyear and a great time to review a few of the strands; especially the Writing Strand. You most likely recently completed reviewing your Phonics Inventory, PI, Summary Reports and System 44 Reading Progress Report. Who are the students that have moved into Series 12 or are very close. Up to this point, Whole- and Small-Group Instruction has been where students have…
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 Sally Doulton on January 06 2019 at 6:18 PM
The first month of the New Year is coming to a close, and many of us have spent some time reflecting on the past year and contemplating changes we wish to make in the New Year. This year, I decided to take a survey about my past year in the classroom, and draft a few goals I wish to achieve with my students this year. Below you will find the guiding questions along with my responses. A link to these questions can be found in the Resources section of the READ 180 Community page as well. I…
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…
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…