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Did you know that chelonian is another word for turtle? Or that cordate means heart-shaped? Next time you leave a scrap of food on your plate, call it an ort and see who’s impressed.

If you’re a word nerd, you’re in good company here at Read Naturally. Even if you’re not, you can probably relate to the sense of accomplishment that comes from learning new words. The benefits of vocabulary development cannot be overestimated. It’s critical to the comprehension of text, it helps us communicate better, and it enables us to enjoy a broader range of material. That’s why, when we developed Read Naturally Live, we wanted to incorporate a fun and engaging way for students to learn useful new words. Enter: Wordtastic.

At this point in the school year, some of your students may be ready to exit their Read Naturally program. A student may be ready to exit Read Naturally if…

The student can read unpracticed, grade-level material accurately, expressively, and at a rate that is at least at the 50th percentile of national norms.

In order to know whether a student has made enough progress to exit a Read Naturally program, you need to assess the student with grade-level material. It is important to celebrate your student’s daily growth from cold to hot timings in a story, the student’s goal being increased and the student moving up a level. It is also exciting to see a student’s cold-timing scores increase from story to story. These are all indications that the student’s reading skills are improving and that he or she is making progress in the program. But it is essential to keep the long-term goal in mind.

Read Live Tip #8: Are You Communicating About Student Progress With Parents, Guardians, and Colleagues?

Read Naturally Live has many resources to support communication including reports, a progress letter, and certificates that can be sent home with packets of stories completed. Use Read Naturally Live reports to communicate about student performance with colleagues.

If your students have been using Read Naturally since the beginning of the year, they should now have a pretty good handle on using the program. You should be able to spend your time monitoring their progress and differentiating instruction instead of reminding them what they need to be doing. In addition to checking their hot and cold timings to look at their progress (and making any necessary adjustments), you should be checking how each student is doing on the comprehension questions. Is the student getting at least 80% of the questions correct? Do you have some students who are consistently getting certain questions wrong?

Read Live Tip # 7: Monitoring Student Performance to Keep Each Student Challenged

Accelerate learning by keeping students challenged as they improve. To make sure students are continually challenged, regularly monitor each student’s performance to determine when to make changes in a student’s level or goal (typically after completing 12 or 24 stories). Use the guidelines in the Read Live User Guide to decide when to make a change, when to raise the level or goal, and how to involve the student.

Read Live Tip #6: Use the Story Options Feature to Help Differentiate Instruction

You can adjust the program for individual students or groups using story options. Possible changes include turning off steps, adjusting time limits for steps, adjusting the number of read alongs and practices required, and adding a Spanish read along for native speakers of Spanish.

Read Naturally is proud to announce its newest assessment and intervention program, Read Live, was named a finalist for the 2011 EdTech Digest Cool Tool Awards. The products, services and people that made the list of finalists are innovative, respected and outstanding cool tools, leaders and trendsetters moving education forward into the 21st century. We are thrilled that Read Live made the list!

Read Live Tip #5: Do you know what to do when students don’t pass a story?

To pass a Read Naturally Live story, each student needs to read the story at his or her goal rate, make three or fewer errors, read with appropriate expression, answer the quiz questions correctly, and meet the teacher’s expectations when retelling the story. If a student does not successfully complete one or more of the criteria for passing, you will be taken to the Pass/Remedial Actions screen to decide the best course of action. Remedial actions can be selected for each pass requirement a student does not meet.

Read Live Tips #4: Are your students completing the cold timing step independently?

Read Naturally recommends that for the first few stories a teacher is present to conduct the cold timing with students and coach them through the process of identifying their errors. Once students have proven they can accurately identify their errors, individually release them to conduct their cold timings independently.

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