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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.

Are you familiar with the Frank Sinatra song “My Way”? If you are anything like me (and Mr. Sinatra), you really like the idea of doing things your way! It may even be one of the reasons you decided to teach. We, as educators, like having our own rooms where we make all the decisions. Ok, I’ll admit it: I am a bit of a control freak! Although I am a big believer in personal choice for most things, when it comes to Read Naturally, using the program as it’s intended is imperative for success.

Read Live Tip #3: Have you taught your students how to complete the steps in Read Naturally Live?

Students need to be trained in how to successfully complete the steps independently. Lesson plans in the Read Live User Guide can help in teaching the steps to students. You should walk through the entire process with the students twice. The first time you will demonstrate each step of the program as the students watch. The second time students will walk through the steps one more time as a group with each student at his or her own computer working in his or her own materials (series, level, and goal).

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:

If Read Naturally is your chosen intervention then the first thing you will need to do is to place each of your students into the program. You cannot use assessment scores to place the students. Depending on the Read Naturally format you use, you may place students on the computer or on paper. Regardless, you need to use the Read Naturally placement procedure.

Run screaming from the building…just kidding…you should help them! If Read Naturally is your chosen intervention then the first thing you will need to do is to set-up your environment. I've seen Read Naturally used in resource rooms, classrooms, computer labs, rolling carts, before school, and after school. I’m happy to talk to you about specifics of your situation so feel free to call.

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