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Accelerated Reader

  1. 1. Accelerated Reader Best Classroom Practices Overview Kings Mountain Middle
  2. 2. What is Accelerated Reader? <ul><li>Software program to manage reading practice </li></ul><ul><li>Designed for the teacher to monitor the students’ progression </li></ul><ul><li>Uses short quizzes to check comprehension of books read </li></ul><ul><li>Stores data and provides reports on reading quantity and quality </li></ul><ul><li>Helps teachers monitor daily practice and plan instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers act on the data to help students improve comprehension and ability to ready </li></ul>
  3. 3. Primary Goal: Improve Reading <ul><li>Accelerate growth in reading ability </li></ul><ul><li>Foster a love of reading in all students </li></ul><ul><li>Enable daily monitoring of reading progress </li></ul><ul><li>Improve test scores </li></ul>
  4. 4. Notes <ul><li>AR provides more “practice” at the skill that we want to improve. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for every opportunity to tell students that AR is something you do at school. </li></ul><ul><li>At the same time, encourage reading of AR and non-AR. </li></ul>When we practice, sometimes we hit the target and sometimes we do not!
  5. 5. Accelerated Reader Provides the Missing Information <ul><li>Tier 1 – Teaching/Learning Reading Skills as a part of the Standard Course of Study </li></ul><ul><li>Tier 2 –Daily Progress Monitoring and Practice (AR) </li></ul><ul><li>Tier 3 – Periodic Progress Monitoring (Star Testing) </li></ul><ul><li>Tier 4 – Annual High-Stakes Test (EOG) </li></ul><ul><li>Progress Monitoring is a daily process that involves the teacher and the student. </li></ul>AR – Daily Monitoring Teach Reading Skills in SCOS Star Testing EOG
  6. 6. What happens in an AR classroom? <ul><li>Guided Reading Practice – There must be time for GRP. – Preferably 45 min/day at school </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate Feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Daily progress monitoring and guidance from the teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Goal-setting </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation – should emphasize averages and not points </li></ul>Carrot = Realistic goal for each individual student, the ability to read what they are interested in, …
  7. 7. Common AR Terms <ul><li>ZPD – zone of proximal development – book level range appropriate for students’ reading level – range of materials that are likely to give success and growth </li></ul><ul><li>ATOS – readability level via text difficulty – word length, sentence length, leveled vocabulary </li></ul>
  8. 8. Notes <ul><li>ZPD – Open it up but do not move it up! Allow flexibility and opportunity. Use mid-year star test to open the range. Use it primarily to check for growth. At the end of the grading period, students should average within the ZPD range. This allows for reading material above and below their suggested reading level. </li></ul><ul><li>Students should not have to quiz on every book that they read! Forcing a student to test on a book just because they have checked it out is not recommended. Students should be allowed to test within 24 hours of finishing a book if at all possible! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Reading Logs <ul><li>Help students keep track of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Help teachers monitor progress </li></ul><ul><li>May serve as a library pass </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for communication </li></ul><ul><li>Students can’t test without a teacher signature </li></ul>
  10. 10. Status of the Class <ul><li>Teacher : Student </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Reading Progress – show interest, monitor to assess readiness to quiz </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate comprehension strategies when conferencing – 5 finger book talk with a classmate, folders with short activities, story maps, journaling, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up with the student after testing – TOPS report – Use it as a talking point </li></ul>
  11. 11. Points <ul><li>Measure practice </li></ul><ul><li>Measure reading difficulty </li></ul><ul><li>Quantity </li></ul><ul><li>Goal-setting </li></ul><ul><li>Points should not be the focus! 85% is the focus while working toward 100% of the goal! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Create an AR Team and Flexible, Accessible Library <ul><li>What is the mission? Setting goals, determining desired outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Who owns the mission? Key players </li></ul><ul><li>Supporters of AR – principal, coordinators (district, campus, technology), library media specialists, teachers </li></ul>
  13. 13. Team Roles <ul><li>Principal – lead, build consensus, facilitate </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinators – train, monitor program handle technology issues </li></ul><ul><li>Library Media Specialist – build school wide culture of literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers – act as primary student contact </li></ul>
  14. 14. Team Objectives <ul><li>Meet regularly (at least monthly) – set monthly and yearly goals </li></ul><ul><li>Create an implementation plan </li></ul><ul><li>Review reports </li></ul><ul><li>Plan professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Keep school and community informed </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage Classroom and Library certification </li></ul>
  15. 15. Librarians Need Support <ul><li>Ensure that everyone is trained </li></ul><ul><li>Track circulation statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate needs to community and committee </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate current procedures and determine library goals </li></ul>
  16. 16. What happens in an AR library? <ul><li>Support reading practice and student goals </li></ul><ul><li>Provide easy access to books </li></ul><ul><li>Acquire books and quizzes to match ZPD, interests, instructional needs </li></ul><ul><li>Assess collection and respond to changing needs </li></ul>
  17. 17. Benefits of Flexible Schedule <ul><li>Students have easy access to books </li></ul><ul><li>Library becomes literature-based learning center </li></ul><ul><li>A team is developed among library staff, teachers, and administrators </li></ul>
  18. 18. Other notes… <ul><li>Test within 24 hours of finishing a book – This may mean that students need opportunities to test in other subject areas/classes. </li></ul><ul><li>Grades – should reflect that this is the practice portion of your reading program </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions – Take a grade for average and a grade for percent of goal achieved </li></ul><ul><li>Goals and ZPD ranges are not written in stone! The teacher can adjust these as needed to ensure success. Students should take ownership in the goal setting process. The teacher sets goals with the students during conferencing at the beginning of the year. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Other notes… <ul><li>Limit tangible rewards </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers teach reading </li></ul><ul><li>AR is the independent practice portion of your reading program! </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers need support from other content areas! </li></ul><ul><li>Students can take notes on nonfiction books with them to the computer </li></ul>

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