Some days in Read 180 can be pretty monotonous, especially the software. When Read 180 first came out over ten years ago, kids were thrilled to use it! For most of them, it was the only computer they used all day. However, as computers and cell phones have become ubiquitous on our campus, the novelty of the program has definitely waned! Therefore, I have had to look for ways to not only help my students improve their reading but to also keep them engaged! I have written about a variety of these activities in my previous posts.
Yet, it is all worth it when students take the SRI test at the end of the semester. HALF of my students met the requirements to exit the class. TWO of them are now reading at ADVANCED and are even talking about taking English Honors next year. I had my students write a reflection about the semester (I provided them specific questions and an example).
Here are a few:
I started Read 180 at the beginning of the school year. My first lexile score began at 669. We have done many activities together. We do Newsela quizzes daily which bumps your lexile up. We read scholastic magazines which tell stories about people surviving extreme disasters or any other life or death situations. Both these reading articles are full of interesting information that you would never think of. We most likely work with partners on some of the quizzes. These articles increase your knowledge with reading. Sometimes every once in awhile we play some fun computer games online (Kahoot). The most often rotation that is used is the read 180 program, which nobody enjoys including me. We obviously read as a rotation, but read independently in a quiet area. Another rotation is where we work in small groups with our teacher and answer vocabulary questions. We used to watch Ted talks where you watch a video and write down whatever you can comprehend. My Goal at the beginning of the year was to get at least an 830 lexile. My most recent score is 842 and had gained 153 points so far. My goal had been to reach 1,000. Even though I was disappointed about reading instead of my elective this class increased my skills with reading and definitely was worth it.
I started this Read 180 class slightly after the school year started. My lexile was 543 I am in the seventh grade. We do many activities. This includes, reading Scholastic magazines, reading and taking quizzes on Newsela, listening to Tedtalk speakers on different categories, working on an activity called Read 180, and reading books individually or with Mrs.Karney. Every activity that we did in this class was so much fun in this class except for the Read 180 because it was boring, but when I think about it, Read 180 was the thing that helped me get all the way to what I was not expecting to be at this point. My goal of the year was to gain my lexile up to 900. My most recent score was 1189! I gained more than 600 points. I have achieved my goal and I am so proud of myself. I am now reading above my grade level. My progress has made me a smarter person before I had joined this class. Now, I feel confident joining honors English next year.
I started Read 180 at the beginning of the 7th grade year. I am currently in 7th grade. My first lexile score was 741. We do lots of activities in this class including our rotations. Our rotations are independant reading, topic CD, (which I don’t really like) and a small group with Mrs.Karney. We also do Newsela in this program we read a passage custom fit to our reading level and take a quiz on what we have read. Newsela has helped my test taking strategy and process of elimination as well as my reading comprehension. My goal in the beginning of the year was to gain 30 points. My most recent score was 1,419 I have almost doubled that score gaining a whopping 678 points. My goal was to gain 30 points and I destroyed that goal. I am very proud of my achievements in this class and would recommend it to anybody struggling with reading. My scores in this class prove that if you work hard at something anything is possible.