Anyone use READ 180 at their school?

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  1. Kay75

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    Hi all. I have an interview next week for a teaching position where I would be co-teaching middle school reading using this program: READ 180. http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/read180/

    Anyone ever used this program at their school and have advice on potential interview questions related to it? I'm prepping on the basics and methodology but didn't know if there were things more specific to the program I should know about. It is nice that I can read up on it before I go in because a lot of times they don't seem to know what the candidate will be teaching exactly in advance of the interview.

    It is Special Education, but they told me most of kids end up in these classes because of a lack of exposure to reading/socioeconomic reasons.

    *P.S. On a totally unrelated note, I got a call for an interview at another school and then another call 15 minutes later from an embarrassed secretary informing me someone had already accepted the position, and she hadn't realized it before scheduling the interview. I think I am doing better with rejection these days... ha! :)
     
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    I have taught in a school where READ 180 is used for all struggling readers. I honestly do not know a lot about it, but with the right teacher it can make a huge difference for kids. I know that in my school (grades 3-5), students rotated between the computer programs, a "guided reading" lesson with the books from the program, and independent reading. I am not sure if that is exactly how the program is designed now, but I do know that was how our reading specialist ran her class. It seemed that one had to have a great plan in place for managing the students, so that might be something you would you be asked.

    Because this program seems to be so specific, they might not ask you many questions related to the actual program. I would be ready to talk about how you can motivate students to read/work independently, etc. I recently taught 6th grade language arts for 7 weeks as a sub, and I know keeping middle schoolers on task can be a daunting task :)

    Good luck with your interview!
     
  4. KateL

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    We use Read 180 at my school. Possible questions to ask:

    - This is a highly scripted program. Will there be any room for supplementing the curriculum if you see that the students need it, or will they expect you to follow the script to the letter?
    - How many computers do they have in the room for student use?
    - Have most of the students already been in Read 180, or is this grade their first experience with the program?
    - How many students are in the classes?
    - Will they give you professional development on implementing Read 180?
    - What is the procedure for students exiting Read 180 and entering regular English classes?
    - How long are the classes? They're a double block (2 hours) at my school.

    Read 180 works great for students who are struggling but really want to learn how to read better. It doesn't work so well for students who test low because they hate school and refuse to try.

    Good luck with the interview!
     
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    Wow. This was fantastic. Thanks, guys!
     

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