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As you know, students will make optimal reading progress when they work in material at the appropriate level. The problem is that the definition of “appropriate level” changes depending on the context. When should you give students material at their independent level? How about their instructional level? What is the difference between the two? And is it ever appropriate to let them work at their frustration level? If you’ve ever found yourself asking these questions—or if you find yourself needing to explain these concepts to parents—you’ve come to the right place! We’re here to break it down for you.

Teacher modeling has a huge impact on potential for mastery in almost any complex skill. In Read Naturally programs, Teacher Modeling shows up in our Read Along Step. The student reads along while listening to a recording of a story, usually three times. At least, that what they’re supposed to do. Aside from verbal instruction, what can we do to encourage subvocalization?

We hope that you and your students will enjoy these new printables: updated labels, a weekly story tracker, a difficult word list, and blank graphs for Read Naturally Live.

There are an unlimited number of variables surrounding and affecting us at all times. Reading time is no exception. What can we do to create an optimal reading space for our students and children? Here are some easy and effective ideas:

The two most important factors in a successful read-aloud are a great book selection and a great delivery. When these two factors are present, it feels like magic. The room becomes still. All eyes are on the reader. The crowd collectively furrows at the worrisome parts of the story and roars with laughter at the funny parts. When good stories are read aloud, they can instantly lift up, teach, and unite diverse groups of people. Few things in life are so simple, yet so powerful.

We're pleased to announce a brand new, FREE tool on our website to make the checking initial placement process easier than ever.

Are you looking for ways to enhance your skills as a Read Naturally educator? Will the holiday break finally give you a few extra minutes to focus on this? Allow our stellar training team to help! We've recently conducted several webinars aimed to help educators work as effectively as possible with their students. Because educators are often too busy to attend our webinars in real time, we offer recordings you can view at your convenience. These recordings are available to you for free--and the holiday break is the perfect time to check them out.

​Read Naturally Live recently added the option for students to record themselves during hot timings. This way, if a student is ready for the hot timing but a teacher is unavailable, the student can do a recording that the teacher evaluates and scores at a later time. This option is particularly beneficial in distance-learning situations when a teacher cannot always be present for the student’s hot timing.

Thousands of students and teachers have been using Read Live in a distance-learning model with great success—and Read Live has continued to improve to meet their needs. We have made several enhancements to support Read Live’s use in a distance-learning model. Check out our distance-learning videos to see these new features in action!

​If the answer is yes, then it’s time to check their initial placement! It might be tempting, especially during these unusual circumstances, to leave your students in their current Read Naturally groove and let them continue zipping through stories. But pausing now to check their initial placement is a key step to making sure they’re working in the correct level with an optimal goal.

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