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Read Live Tip #2: Are you checking students’ initial placement for several stories?

Read Naturally recommends that you check each student’s initial placement during the Cold Timing step (for the first few stories). Make sure that:

the student’s cold-timing scores are about 30 less than the goal for students in grades 1-4 and about 40 less for students in grades 5 and higher

Ginger Rogers is one of our dynamic and inspirational presenters. She received her master’s degree in education from Texas A&M University and has worked as both a teacher and an instructional coach. She has also served as a mentor to undergraduate pre-service teachers and has published articles on reading assessment and reading fluency. For the past three years, Ginger has taught summer school at the Holy Cross Anglican School (HCAS) in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. She shares some of her experiences with you, our readers, below.

​We always welcome questions about best practices with your Read Naturally program and how to make sure you are implementing your school’s program correctly. Many of the questions we get are about the passing step. Here is a quick roundup of some of the most frequently asked questions.

Read Live Tip #1: Are you correctly placing your students in Read Naturally Live?

To maximize student improvement, it is critical that you use the Read Naturally Live placement process to place each student. Do not attempt to use the results from other reading assessments (including Benchmark Assessor Live) to designate a placement level for students. By using the Read Naturally Live placement process, you will place each student with a level and goal that will be challenging enough to accelerate reading improvement but will not be so difficult that the student becomes discouraged.

Congratulations to star student Jaden M. from Maynard, MA! Jaden was nominated last spring as a fifth-grade student at Fowler School. Jaden’s teacher, Rosemarie Kessler, had this to say about Jaden:

Make Your Student a STAR!

Read Naturally Star of the Month​Share your student’s success story—nominate him or her for our Star of the Month award. Win a Barnes & Noble gift card for the student and a Read Naturally gift certificate for your class!

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