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Wilson Reading

Photo 27 I asked one of my colleagues, Patti Mastropolo, to share with you her curriculum at our school. She uses the Wilson Reading Program. 

              Hello, my name is Patricia Mastropolo. I have been teaching at Greenway Middle School for 4 years. I am originally from Rutherford, New Jersey and started my teaching career in the Bronx, NY. I graduated Arizona State University and completed a Master's in Education from Walden University. I have three dogs, Igby (chihuahua) Sonny (French Bulldog) and Bella (Carolina dog). Some of my interests are: traveling, reading, volunteering, fashion/beauty and spending time with friends and my family!

IMG_0034              The Wilson Reading Program is extremely structured and instructed in small settings. Students will study the structure and science of the English Language to develop their own reading skills.


              The Wilson Reading Program addresses the areas of:


            1. The sound and symbol relationships of the English alphabet

            2. Decoding

            3. Spelling

            4. Vocabulary Development

            5. Sight Word Instruction

            6. Comprehension

            7. Fluency

                       The reading lessons are designed systematically, directly, and employ the use of multiple senses. The lessons progress in difficulty as each reading level is achieved.

                           Vocabulary is very important and we follow a certain formula in our Wilson class.

                         Step 1: Read and write vocabulary word.

                         Step 2: Find meaning/define.

                         Step 3: Make a well-structured sentence using the vocabulary word.

                        Step 4: Draw a picture of the word or a picture of the vocabulary word used in a sentence.

                        Step 5: Invent a physical sign/movement demonstrating the vocabulary word.

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The Wilson Reading System is a research-based reading and writing program designed for students (grades 2-12 and adults) who have difficulty with decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling). It is a complete curriculum that has 12 steps, beginning with phoneme segmentation. Its main goal is to teach students language and word structure through a carefully planned program. The program was developed in Massachusetts in the 1980s by Barbara A. Wilson, based on knowledge gained from working with adults with dyslexia using Orton-Gillingham methodology at Massachusetts General Hospital's Language Disorders Unit, and with students in an after-school reading clinic founded with her husband, Ed Wilson. The Wilson Reading System, published in 1989, is now commonly used in various settings throughout the United States and several other countries.

For additional information, go to the website:  www.wilsonlanguage.com



Read 180

You may think it's too late, but it's not. The deadline for entering your Read 180 students in the Read 180 All Star's is March 16th. I am still in the process of entering 7 of my students. Everything is completed online. The student will have to write a paper (75 words minimum) about what Read 180 means to them. The student's parents will have to sign a parental form that you can fax to Scholastic. You have to download their SRI growth chart and a picture of them. I am still in the processing of taking their pictures today. You will also have to write about each of your students. 

The only problem I am having is downloading their pictures. Apparently my pictures are too big. I'm waiting on my tech guy to come help me. So hopefully I will finish today. 

If you are interested, do the following:
1. Go to this website:   http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/read180/community/honorsawards/
2. You will need to check your SRI's and see who has gained over 150 lexile points.
3. Send parental permission forms home with them and tell them to write a paper about what Read 180 means to them.
4. You will need to follow the online process and fill in all the information. 
5. If one of your students is chosen, they will receive a check for $1200.00. You will receive $1000 worth of Scholastic products.

If one of your students win, please let me know. Good Luck!!

Also, next week I am on Spring Break-so no blog next week. 

An Exciting School Day

On Wednesday, March 4th, we had 2 exciting events at our school. First, we had an assembly at our school with the motivational group, City Conquest. They were great! Can you remember school assemblies when you were in middle school? I sure do. It seemed like we had them quite often. We had different choirs, historical films (days before tv's were in every classroom), and plays for our assemblies. But the only assemblies we have now are the honor roll assemblies. So having City Conquest was a real treat. A group of young people that can relate to our students. One point that was brought out yesterday was that it takes 5 positive comments to overcome 1 negative comment. Think about all the negative comments our middle schoolers receive on a daily basis and the negative comments they make to others: peers, teachers, and family. If you are interested in having them come to your school, this is their website:

The second event was the March4Schools rally at the State Capital. Our state legislators cut over $350 million from public education. Arizona is facing a $3 billion dollar deficit for next year. We are facing the loss of teachers, classified personnel, and administrators in our district. Class sizes will increase. Arizona is last in the nation in per pupil education spending. So parents, students, and teachers all gathered at the capital to express our feelings on these issues. A lot of us rode buses and carried signs. The news media showed up. We were on the news on all the stations. I was disappointed that a picture was not on the front page of the Arizona Republic newspaper this morning, though. This was my first protest. It was really encouraging to be with my fellow colleagues and showing support for public education. Some of the legislators that support public education came out in support. Many did not! Here is a slideshow that one of my colleagues, Bryan Smith, sent out to our staff.

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