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1 AR Refresher Have you been using AR to its full capacity?

2 Steps to Success Individualize Monitor Use data to take action Quality first Make success obvious

3 Accelerated Reader Software: Renaissance Place (Includes STAR READING Assessment; STAR EARLY LITERACY (new!) Assessment; ACCELERATED READER and VOCABULARY) Allows you to measure and monitor your students’ reading AND VOCABULARY practice

4 STAR Reading Computer-based assessment of a student’s overall reading ability Norm- and criterion-referenced Identifies individual reading ranges Measures growth

5 STAR Early Literacy Computer-based assessment for students who are not yet reading independently Criterion-referenced Measures growth in 41 early literacy skills Helps you tailor instruction Can be administered monthly

6 Best Practices Teaching strategies that maximize the power of Accelerated Reader and lead to reading growth for every student

7 Getting Started Understand Accelerated Reader, STAR Reading, and STAR Early Literacy Find the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) for each student Schedule time for daily reading practice: –Read To –Read With –Read Independently

8 Monitoring Students complete the Student Reading Log daily Teachers: –Take Status of the Class daily –Check the TOPS Report immediately after each student quiz –Review the Diagnostic Report weekly to determine the level of student and class implementation

9 Intervention and Enrichment Intervene promptly with struggling readers to ensure successful reading Set individual student reading goals Create a system of motivators to encourage students to reach their goals

10 Understanding AR, STAR, and SEL Accelerated Reader –Student reads a book, takes a quiz on the computer, and reports immediately print to indicate the level of success. Also includes Vocabulary and Literacy Tests. STAR Reading –Student takes a test on the computer and reports immediately indicate the reading level STAR Early Literacy –Computer reads a test to the student and reports immediately indicate pre-reading skills—those mastered and those that need to be mastered

11 Find and Use the ZPD ZPD = Zone of Proximal Development –Book level range appropriate for the student’s reading ability Use STAR Reading to identify each student’s ZPD Then examine the following to assist students in book choice for their ZPD: –AR book level (readability) –Interest level (grade appropriateness) –Point value (length and difficulty)/ Word Count (use ARBOOKFIND.COM)

12 Schedule Time for Reading Practice Daily monitored in-class reading time Students read their AR books as teacher guides the reading: –Read To –Read With –Read Independently 20, 30, 60 minutes per day Goals based on in-class reading time

13 Students Complete Reading Logs Each independent reader records daily the AR book she is reading: –Level –Points –Fiction/nonfiction –Pages read –Quiz score Teacher initials daily and writes comments as needed

14 Monitor with Status of the Class Brief, daily, one-on-one conferences with students concerning their reading During Status of the Class: Review reading log Check understanding of current book Detect, diagnose, and solve problems

15 Check TOPS Report Immediately TOPS Report indicates a student’s results on the quiz and results for the marking period and for the year First opportunity for intervention and recommendation Essential for student success Examine after each quiz to determine student progress

16 Review Diagnostic Report Weekly Diagnostic Report shows performance of every student in a class Examine weekly for students at risk and classroom totals Highlights students that need immediate intervention –See them immediately during Status of the Class

17 Guide Students to Success Goal: average 85% correct or higher on Reading Practice Quizzes –Demonstrates comprehension of books read –Leads to reading growth –100% correct is powerful Intervene if student scores less than 80% on a quiz or averages below 85%

18 Set Goals with Each Student Setting goals encourages self-directed learning: –Average percent correct (85% or higher) –Points (based on reading level and length of practice) –Book level (based on STAR scores) Use Goal-Setting Chart as a guideline Record goals in the computer and on the Student Reading Plan Accelerated Reader keeps track of students’ progress toward goals

19 Keep Students Motivated Offer praise and encouragement Demonstrate your enthusiasm for reading Help ensure success—it’s the greatest motivator Celebrate achievement Celebrate each goal met (i.e.100%; first book read; mixture of author’s/genre’s/ fiction-non fiction, etc)

20 Remember the Steps to Success Individualize (goal setting) Monitor (TOPS/Status of the class) Use data to take action (Diagnostic Report) Quality first (average 85% and above) Make success obvious (motivate)


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