Miami Middle School students in teacher Ashley Geron’s sixth-grade READ 180 class have read more than 1 million words so far this year, putting them at the top of the READ 180 classes in Fort Wayne Community Schools. For their hard work, the class will be awarded a traveling trophy at 9 a.m., Thursday, January 24.
FWCS began using the READ 180 program on a pilot basis in 2005 and expanded its use to all 11 middle schools this school year. The computer-based program is designed to help students who are reading below grade level in middle school. Trends showed literacy skills in some students dropped when they reached middle school, where fewer interventions were in place. FWCS followed national trends in this area. To reverse that trend, schools are using READ 180, which is able to adapt to students’ specific needs to help them improve in reading and writing.
To motivate students, FWCS staff started the traveling trophy award to recognize the class that reads the most each quarter. The more students read, the more their literacy skills should improve.
Reading research shows that children learn 4,000-12,000 new words a year from reading books.
Mrs. Geron’s class had read 1,088,491 words by the end of the second quarter, giving the class the lead in word count. The trophy is moving from Lahna Gibson’s sixth-grade READ 180 class at Northwood Middle School, which won the trophy after reading 406,000 words during the first quarter.
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