It's Day 6 of the December School Day Photo Challenge!
Day 6 - On the Shelf
This day made me think of Elf on the Shelf. Are any of you doing it in your classrooms? One of the teachers I work with has the sneaky, little guy in her classroom. Every day when I come in the kids challenge me to find the Elf. They really love it. I always joke with them that if they don't pay attention in guided reading I am going to touch it! :-)
For this post, on the shelf would be all the books for the new reading program I am teaching. Last week, I began teaching Scholastic's Read 180 program. My shelves are full of teacher's guides, student books, independent reading books, and audio books!
The program has four components: a whole group lesson, then three rotations of a small group lesson, interactive computer work, and independent reading. Due to some scheduling constraints, we've had to modify how we implement the program, but so far I like what I see. The kids seem to really like it as well. That's always a plus! When we were first handed the student book, we thought it was the teacher's guide. It's a full on spiral bound, full color, consumable book. The kids were hesitant to write in it at first. They even asked more than once if this was really their book and if I was really sure they could write in it.
I've only started week two today, so I need to give it more time and dive in a little deeper before I can really comment. All I know is that right now, I have lots of learning to do! Just take a look at that bottom picture! All teacher materials. That shelf doesn't even encompass all the online components nor show the teacher's guide, which weighs 800 pounds. Okay, not 800 but that thing is huge!
From our training, I remember also learning that we can generate something like over forty different data reports. Don't hold me to that number, but I think it was about 40. Not sure what I will do with 40 different data reports yet! I've seen a few that seem really helpful, but 40 of them?
It's all very overwhelming when you are starting out a new program.
If any of you out there are doing Read 180, PLEASE feel free to leave any tips, tricks, links, etc. in the comments. I would love to hear from anyone who is actually working the program!