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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…
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Posted by Dr. Monica Robinson on August 17 2018 at 11:09 AM
While I know this social platform often gets a bad rap, my new favorite form of professional development is Twitter. I love the ability to connect with friends, colleagues, and experts I admire while exploring articles and videos that interest or influence me. Information that I may never have encountered through my own searches and normed behavior is on display and peer-reviewed by people I trust and admire most. Yes, I even appreciate the "You May Have Missed" because I know information is…
Posted by Dr. Monica Robinson on August 15 2018 at 9:39 AM
Attending conferences and professional training has been a significant part of my development as an educator. While training can certainly vary, learning from others is always a welcomed opportunity. Every year I look to participate in different conferences or online seminars, and I strive to experience training that will:  Provide instructional strategies that increase or enhance student learning. Offer new content that will improve instruction for teachers. Refine my coaching and…
Posted by Andrea Barnes on August 09 2018 at 4:30 PM
Setting up your classroom and procedures before school starts will help make for a successful school year and fill you with anticipation for the instructional conversations and growth that are going to occur within the environment.Setting Up Your Classroom: Whole and Small Group Learning1. Arrange desks or tables to allow for teacher directed instruction and student interaction. My student desks are placed in three groups of six or three groups of four and one group of eight.2. Create a Small…
Posted by Amy Dendinger on August 05 2018 at 3:21 PM
Where did summer go? Schools across the country are gearing up for another school year, and while I am sad to see summer come and go so quickly, I am looking forward to another school year and the promises it brings.  In preparation of the back-to-school season I wanted to share five of my favorite activities to build community and prepare students for a successful year in READ 180 Universal.1.  Escape Room Syllabus ChallengeLast year I started using escape room challenges to get my…
Posted by Noelle Morris on July 31 2018 at 3:16 PM
      A little over a week ago, I attended the ILA Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. I was excited to attend one of my favorite conferences and celebrate the appreciated disbelief of transitioning into my twenty-fifth year in education. Don't you love oxymorons? I know I do--especially since in year one I counted the days until the end of the year, so I could escape, and even checked how to graciously get out of a contract. I truly appreciate both the provided professional…
Posted by Charmion Mohning on July 23 2018 at 11:21 AM
Practice makes perfect. It's an adage every student and teacher has heard hundreds of times; yet, even after the eye rolls, we cannot deny that it is true. You'll never get better at something if you don’t practice.  Part of the reason that practice is a tough sell is that, by its nature, practice can be dull and repetitive.  In their book, The Power of A Moment, Chip and Dan Heath argue that schools and classrooms should be run more like sports teams.  No one would show up to…
Posted by Albert Morton on July 16 2018 at 11:52 AM
Last school year has come to an end, you are now deep into your Summer Break, and the last thing you want to do is go back in time. Moreover, you definitely don’t want to revisit the failures of the previous school as you’re relaxing by the pool or binge-watching your favorite TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, The Handmaids Tale, or Game of Thrones. But, I would like to challenge you to consider that reflecting on the failures of last school year can be the springboard to developing a plan to…
Posted by Noelle Morris on July 09 2018 at 11:17 AM
     We are at the end of June and another school year has come and gone. Goodness! Do you feel the same as I do? The one hundred and eighty days seem to rotate faster and faster even though a day is still made up of the same twenty-four hour cycle. I think now, did I like those first few years, though they were plagued with self-doubt and failure, better because they seemed to last FOREVER, or is it the here and now, though it seems that everything simply flashes by way too…
Posted by on July 02 2018 at 5:12 PM
At the beginning of the year, it’s important to turn your classroom into an inviting and comfortable place where everyone can learn, relax, and enjoy! I’m sharing one of my favorite lesson plans that gets my students engaged right off the bat. Use these steps to let your students know that you care and believe in their future achievements and watch them run to your classroom excited to do their READ 180 assignments!Successful READ 180 Lessons for the Beginning of the Year1. Do Now Assignments2.…
Posted by Kate Weber on June 29 2018 at 5:57 PM
Ah, sweet summertime!  A time for friends, a time for family.  A welcomed time for rejuvenation, reflection, and planning.  If you are like me, in that much needed order!  As educators, we belong to a strong community of life-long learners committed to fostering a culture of growth; therefore, our summers are filled with not only the time spent with loved ones but also developing our own growth through reading, writing, attending conferences, and planning for a successful…