What is the Accelerated Reader program?. Jennifer Williams. How it Works…. Accelerated Reader – is an independent and self-paced reading program based on three steps: Step One - Student Reads a Book Step Two - Student Takes a Quiz Step Three - You Get Information
What is the Accelerated Reader program? Jennifer Williams
How it Works… • Accelerated Reader – is an independent and self-paced reading program based on three steps: • Step One - Student Reads a Book • Step Two - Student Takes a Quiz • Step Three - You Get Information • http://www.uen.org/utahlink/tours/tourElement.cgi?element_id=13246&tour_id=10060&category_id=13253 It’s as Easy as 1-2-3
Types of Quizzes • Reading Practice Quizzes • Recorded Voice Quizzes • Literacy Skills Quizzes • Vocabulary Practice Quizzes
The Pros…according to Renaissance Learning The Cons - Shortcomings of the AR program…according to teachers • Get students excited about reading and vocabulary. • Receive reliable, objective information. • Help every student master standards. • Improve students’ attitudes for learning. • Keep all students challenged. • The company’s emphasis is in changing “behavior” rather than improving reading(and thinking) skills. • AR limits access to books. • Students can cheat on the tests. • Reading level mistaken for interest/age level. What is being peddled here?!?!
What to Teach…according to Nodelman and Reimer • Give children freedom to choose what they read • Allow responses to reading that is within the child’s own freedom of expression and reaction to the novel • Provide diverse experiences • Encourage reading books that the child may not consider on their own, but do not force it upon the child. Let him or her decide on their own from experiencing it if they like it.
Solve the Problem… Tweak the program already in existence!
School Version • One-Time School Fee:New Accelerated Reader customers: $2,799(Includes 9 hours of web-based professional development) Schools that own a desktop version of Accelerated Reader: $599 • Schools that own a Renaissance Place version of Accelerated Reader: No School FeePlus an Annual Student Fee:$1,000 per year for up to 250 students$4 per student per year for additional students • Special EditionPerfect for Small Groups of StudentsInterested in using Accelerated Reader in small group programs such as Intervention, Special Education, Summer School, Before/After School, and Gifted/Talented? Special Edition is perfect for your needs. • One-Time School Fee:$950Plus an Annual Student Fee:$750 per year for up to 50 students$10 per student per year for additional students • http://www.renlearn.com/ar/OrderingInformation/ Check the Cost…