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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…
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Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 2:01 PM
I use hotel stationery, photographs, and colorful paper to write to my students. Complimentary notes are a HIT with my students! I call them “Barnes’ Notes.” My students collect these notes and share them with their families. When a student collects ten notes and has a parent/guardian signature, they receive a little prize from me. When students collect twenty notes—two prizes, thirty notes—three prizes, etc. I ran in to a former student yesterday at a school function, and she told me that she…
Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 1:43 PM
If your school is anything like my school, as the winter holiday approaches instructional time tends to decrease.  The stream of classroom craft activities, holiday concerts, special assemblies, and holiday parties can make staying in a routine nearly impossible and getting through a READ 180 Workshop grueling to say the least. December days frequently see me left with twenty minutes here or there with my students.  On these days, when running the full READ 180 rotations is impossible…
Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 1:41 PM
In the past, I have made the mistake of waiting till the last few weeks before the state reading exam to begin teaching my students test taking skills presented in the Test-Taking Strategies guide. READ 180 students have a rare opportunity to practice test-taking skills on an ongoing and consistent basis.  The Reading Zone on the Instructional Software, the the book quizzes they take on Scholastic Reading Counts! their ongoing Scholastic Reading Inventory exams, and their rSkills Tests all…
Posted by Community Manager on January 20 2012 at 12:52 PM
The long Winter break has ended and now you have a classroom full of students who may be disappointed that Santa didn’t bring them what they wanted for Christmas, or the break was not long enough for them to truly rest or they are too tired from all the fun they had on their break or they just aren’t ready to be back in the classroom.  Whatever the reason you now have a classroom of low readers who really don’t want to be there.  They are dragging and unmotivated.  Your job now…
Posted by Community Manager on January 16 2012 at 2:08 PM
Remember to nominate your most deserving student for the READ 180 All-Star Award! My student won the award last year, and you may have the winner sitting in your classroom right now! Start off the year by building a student’s confidence by believing in their success! You have the power to change a life!!AlyssaAragon Middle School, Houston, TXWhen Alyssa enrolled in Aragon Middle School, her reading and writing skills were weak, and she feared she would never catch up to her classmates. Her lack…
Posted by Debbie Lee on January 16 2012 at 12:47 AM
Have you added non READ 180 books to your library?  Do you have books spread out everywhere?  Are your crates difficult to keep organized?  RETIRE YOUR CRATESOnce you start adding additional books to your library, either with additional  READ 180 book collections or  other books,  the traditional READ 180 Crates become inefficient.  Having a way to organize all your books together is helpful.   I use regular bookcases purchased on the cheap and…
Posted by Community Manager on December 22 2011 at 2:52 PM
Fluency in reading takes a great deal of dedication, time, and work on the part of the students as well as the teacher.  “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Practice, practice, practice!  How do you get to fluency?  Well, you get the idea.  I feel that choral reading is a powerful tool in helping students reach fluency.  This allows ELL students to see and hear the vocabulary without being singled out. They can practice anonymously while the teacher observes and…
Posted by Community Manager on December 22 2011 at 12:03 AM
Layers of fun for everyone! 1. Write nine questions on nine separate sheets of paper. 2. Take one question and crumple it up.3. Take another question and wrap it around the first question. You are now growing your onion.4. Continue this process until all of your questions have been wrapped into the onion.5. You and your students are now ready to peel the onion.6. Toss the onion to a volunteer student and have them un wrap one paper. The student stands and reads the question aloud. This…
Posted by Community Manager on November 28 2011 at 6:56 PM
How about building your students knowledge of READ 180 and their Confidence all at the same time?  Read to find out how. 1. My students love it when we invite guests to our classroom. Our first special person,  Superintendent of Cypress-Fairbanks I. S. D., Dr Mark Henry, came and spent 35 minutes with my READ 180 class. This was quite an honor considering we are the third largest district in Texas. 2. Students volunteered to greet our guest by shaking hands and making eye contact. 3.…
Posted by Community Manager on November 28 2011 at 12:18 AM
Increase writing rigor in the Writing Zone!Next Generation’s Writing Zone is a significant addition to READ 180.  With the Writing Zone, students have an opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the segment’s text and practice valuable writing skills.   As students who struggle with reading also often struggle with writing, they benefit from the specific guidelines within the Writing Zone.  Additionally, with just a few simple tweaks, teachers can add more rigor and…