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This time of year can find many students lacking in motivation. Thankfully, there are many simple ways to spice up your Read Live or Encore program to keep your students engaged.

One easy way to give students a motivation boost is to have them track the number of stories they complete each week. As they try to match or beat their score from the previous week, students are incentivized to put forth their best effort each day.

Are you looking for a way to quickly and accurately assess your students’ phonics abilities? Look no further than Read Naturally’s Quick Phonics Screener (QPS).

Teachers consistently report that QPS provides highly valuable information through an easy and efficient process. This criterion-referenced assessment is appropriate for kindergartners, adult learners, and all students in between.

Congratulations to Star Student Gabriel B. from High Point, NC! Gabriel is a seventh-grade student at Ferndale Middle School. Gabriel’s teacher, Julie Kimsey, had this to say about him:

Next week, we will be exhibiting at the National Association of Psychologists (NASP) Conference in Washington, DC from February 18 – 21, 2014. This conference brings together more than 6,000 attendees focused on the education and mental health issues affecting children and youth. If you are able to attend, make sure to visit our booth #507 for a chance to win free curriculum. We will also be presenting a presentation.

When we developed Read Naturally Encore and Read Live, we placed a special emphasis on vocabulary development. Students using these tools now have more vocabulary support than ever, and their reading comprehension is benefiting.

Now that I have the floor, I’d like to give my two cents on our Idioms series. Here’s the scoop: In the English language, idioms are a dime a dozen. We’re up to our ears in them! Native speakers are old hand at incorporating idioms into conversation, but ELL students are often behind the eight ball. When they hear these silly expressions, they must think we’re off our rockers. These students are probably tearing their hair out trying to understand what we mean! To make a long story short: Idioms are fun for us, but they’re driving our ELL students up the wall.

This weekend, we will be exhibiting at the National Title I Conference in San Diego, CA from February 2 – 5, 2014. This conference brings together thousands of educators who work within the Title I program, as well as those who want to learn more about it. If you are able to attend, make sure to visit our booth #315 for a chance to win free curriculum.

​One of the things teachers love best about the Read Naturally strategy is the concrete data they acquire about their students’ fluency development. The graphs and reports you generate in Encore and Read Live give you a clear picture of each student’s growth. Knowing how to apply this information ensures your students continue to progress at an appropriate pace.

Have you read all the books on your classroom bookshelf? If so, we’re impressed! Many busy teachers don’t have time to vet every single book available for independent reading time. Instead, you may rely on recommendations from other teachers, online reviews, or your knowledge of certain authors and publishers. Some of your most valuable book reviews, however, could come from your students themselves.

Congratulations to Star Student Silas H. from Excelsior, MN! Silas is a sixth-grade student at Minnetonka West Middle School. Silas’ teacher, David Olson, had this to say about him:

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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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