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Reader (AR) Powerpoint Presentation
Accelerated Reader continutes to be a hot topic for teachers at many levels. If it's a program you're trying to "pitch"to a principal or school board, you should find Ellen Froman's presentation very interesting. Ellen even suggests that you use her presentation and adapt it to fit your needs. All you need is Microsoft Powerpoint, and a little patience as it downloads.
What is Accelerated Reader? Follow the T2T listserve conversations below to learn more, or check out the Accelerated Reader messages on our T2T Message Boards.
Our school uses the Accelerated Reader program in grades 1-6. It is shown on the report card also. Each grade has a certain number of points that they MUST get every Nine Weeks and must have an average of at least 80% mastery. At the end of each nine weeks, they go to the "store" in the library where they "spend" their points. They can save up and spend them once a year or whatever. The store has trendy little items that the kids like. They can also use points to buy lunch with the librarian at Pizza Inn, etc. Every Nine Weeks, the student with the most points in 1st-3rd and the student with the most points in 4th -6th gets to go purchase the items for the store with the librarian. She also takes the student with the highest overall average. This is motivating too. Our kids really like it. -Cindy Roberts
A.R. is a great program. It's greatest benefits in my opinion are twofold: it promotes reading practice at the appropriate level which increases reading comprehension and it gives teachers a management system in order to keep track and help each student. Our school and many other schools do not tie any kind of reward into the program, other than the intrinsic reward that each student is becoming a better and better reader. The points, we explain, are a way of goal setting and knowing you are reaching your goal. Nothing more. The program has made a gigantic difference in our inner city school (with 98% free and reduced lunch population). Overall, statistically, these kids are gaining two years' growth in one year. Prior to AR they weren't showing even a half year's growth each year. Can you imagine how behind they were by 8th grade? Simply from not reading. Word of caution from someone who's been there: it's a huge undertaking starting this program up and training teachers to understand it, etc. We looked at the SAT scores for the previous year. 4th and 6th had scored lowest in reading...so 5th and 7th were the only two grade levels on the program the first year. We've added 2 grade levels each year. (And that sometimes felt like too much.) Don't try doing this schoolwide in Year One. (Unless you're a small school...I must admit we are a K-8 with 1200+ students.) Good luck. It's a great program. If kids aren't reading books that are at the right level for themselves, they might as well not even be reading. Prior to AR too many kids were reading Where the Red Fern Grows when they should have been reading Amelia Bedelia in order to grow as a reader. Val in Phoenix -[Valjeang]
It is great. It has boosted the reading in our school. Reading levels have come up... But be prepared to spend a lot of money to support it. Since I have been there I have spent over $10,000 to start it up and support it over the last 3 years. You must develop a system of where the test are taken, how the books are marked, how the points are used or not used, etc. It takes time to set up, you will need input from the teachers and the school librarian. If you have any specific question, don't hesitate to email me. -Sheryl [SSKUFCA]
I really believe in
the Accelerated Reader program, and I've found that in grades 3 and above
students need some type of point requirement. I have used 5 points every
two weeks in 5th grade and it seems to work well. When in 4th grade I
used 4 points every two weeks, so I guess for 3rd grade I would go with
3 points every two weeks! Actually I have developed a whole system for
implementing the AR program. Many people have asked me about my program
since I'm such a vocal supporter of AR, so I put a full description on
my web site. I also have links to worksheets and blackline masters that
I've developed to supplement my program. Feel free to read what I've written
and take what you like! Go to http://home.att.net/~teaching and look in
the File Cabinet section. Then go to the Accelerated Reader file "drawer"
and follow the links.
One of the nice things about the working relationship between the Reading Renaissance approach and AR is that children are pre-tested (we use the STaR program) and a reading level is determined. The required AR points for each individual child are determined by his/her reading level. If one third grader has a 2.1 reading level, his points are different than the student who reads at 4.3. It isn't hard to keep track of. The AR Teacher portion can determine the percentage of goal achieved. It also targets problems with an ABCD... code. That way I can look at the read out and see who are testing poorly or who needs to be more challenged, etc. For those of us in Kansas, the data gathered with pre-test and year end testing is invaluable for our QPA process (school improvement). A double yippee! for us. -Vici/KS
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