The Key to Success: Ensuring Students Do Well On Reading Practice Quizzes
Success on Reading Practice Quizzes <ul><li>Averaging 85% correct shows comprehension of books read and leads to reading g...
Start with Book Selection <ul><li>Guide students to books in their ZPD (book-level range appropriate for reading ability <...
Monitor Reading Practice <ul><li>Status-of-the-Class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensures one-on-one interaction with each studen...
Review Key Reports <ul><li>TOPS – check how the student performed on each quiz </li></ul><ul><li>Student Record – see deta...
Intervene Promptly <ul><li>Take steps to help if a student: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is clearly struggling with a book </li><...
Take a Look at the Student’s Book <ul><li>Is the book too long? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the readability level too difficult? ...
Help with the Next Book Choice <ul><li>If students struggle with a book, make sure they succeed with their next one </li><...
Address Other Common Problems <ul><li>Reads too fast (rushes to the end) or too slowly (forgets the early parts) </li></ul...
Provide Instruction <ul><li>Make sure students know to read carefully and to try their best on EVERY quiz </li></ul><ul><l...
Common Problems <ul><li>Student is reading a book (fiction) that’s too hard or too long </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have student...
Common Problems <ul><li>Student reads too quickly and often rushes through the last chapters of the book </li></ul><ul><ul...
Common Problems <ul><li>Student is struggling with a non-fiction book </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach strategies for reading n...
Common Problems <ul><li>Student has trouble or is not careful taking AR quizzes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Watch student take a...
Common Problems <ul><li>Student is not successful in his/her reading practice (average drops below 85%) in spite of all of...
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The Key To Success On Quizzes

  1. 1. The Key to Success: Ensuring Students Do Well On Reading Practice Quizzes
  2. 2. Success on Reading Practice Quizzes <ul><li>Averaging 85% correct shows comprehension of books read and leads to reading growth </li></ul><ul><li>Averaging 90% and above leads to even greater growth </li></ul><ul><li>YOU are the essential element in a student’s success </li></ul>
  3. 3. Start with Book Selection <ul><li>Guide students to books in their ZPD (book-level range appropriate for reading ability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check Interest Level, too! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get to know your students and help them find books that build on their interests </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, non-fiction reading has its own set of skills that must be taught </li></ul>
  4. 4. Monitor Reading Practice <ul><li>Status-of-the-Class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensures one-on-one interaction with each student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chance to check reading logs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss how they’re doing with the current book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Address concerns BEFORE the student tries to take a quiz </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Review Key Reports <ul><li>TOPS – check how the student performed on each quiz </li></ul><ul><li>Student Record – see details of students’ performance on every quiz </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnostic – monitor how the class is doing and identify who needs help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for diagnostic codes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tailor lessons to those who need them rather than the entire class </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Intervene Promptly <ul><li>Take steps to help if a student: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is clearly struggling with a book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scores below 80% on a single quiz </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Averages below 85% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Talk to your students to identify what’s causing the problem then use your professional judgment for intervention </li></ul>
  7. 7. Take a Look at the Student’s Book <ul><li>Is the book too long? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the readability level too difficult? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it in a genre with unfamiliar conventions or new to the student? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it deal with a subject or situation with which the student is unfamiliar? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the student just not interested in the story? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Help with the Next Book Choice <ul><li>If students struggle with a book, make sure they succeed with their next one </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Success is a powerful motivator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>So is failure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Try shorter books FIRST, then try easier books (lower book level) </li></ul><ul><li>Look for high-interest books (hi/lo) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Address Other Common Problems <ul><li>Reads too fast (rushes to the end) or too slowly (forgets the early parts) </li></ul><ul><li>Student doesn’t recognize when s/he is confused so fixing strategies aren’t applied </li></ul><ul><li>Forgets or doesn’t know how to review a book before quizzing </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t quiz carefully (VGS: video game syndrome) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Provide Instruction <ul><li>Make sure students know to read carefully and to try their best on EVERY quiz </li></ul><ul><li>Teach comprehension and vocabulary strategies for successful reading </li></ul><ul><li>Help with phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency as needed </li></ul><ul><li>Target lessons to what the student needs </li></ul>
  11. 11. Common Problems <ul><li>Student is reading a book (fiction) that’s too hard or too long </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have student do “Read With” to finish the book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guide student in selecting shorter book next time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If a shorter book is still too hard, have student try a lower reading level </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Common Problems <ul><li>Student reads too quickly and often rushes through the last chapters of the book </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have the student re-read the parts of the book s/he’s forgotten </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach the student to jot down brief notes on each chapter before taking a quiz </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to teach note-taking/outlining skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t assume the student knows how to pick up on key points/words, plot, characters, setting changes, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Common Problems <ul><li>Student is struggling with a non-fiction book </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach strategies for reading non-fiction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Previewing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outlining </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Skimming </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Summarizing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Before quizzing, have student use strategies to review main ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guide student in selecting a shorter or easier non-fiction book next time </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Common Problems <ul><li>Student has trouble or is not careful taking AR quizzes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Watch student take a few quizzes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Going too fast? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not reading all choices before making a selection? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clicking answers by accident </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give guidance and instruction as needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasize the importance of slowing down and testing carefully </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t assume your student knows how to take a computer-generated quiz </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t assume the fine motor skills necessary for mouse manipulation are there </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Common Problems <ul><li>Student is not successful in his/her reading practice (average drops below 85%) in spite of all of the above suggestions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-evaluate student’s ZPD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with student to identify problems with basic reading skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide targeted instruction as needed in comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, phonics, and phonemic awareness </li></ul></ul>

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