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Your child will be participating in the Accelerated Reader (AR™) program. This guide is designed to answer your questions about AR. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or visit the Accelerated Reader Web site at www.renlearn.com.
What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?
AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. Teachers and librarians help your child choose books at an appropriate reading level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.
If your child does not do well on the quiz, the teacher may help him:
• Choose another book that is more appropriate.
In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they’re reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.
New Year, New Us! Got Resolutions?
New year, new us! A lot of great moments came out of 2014, but I am certain even greater ones will come this year as a result of all the training and professional development we have all attended. Thus, what theme should this new month (and new year) carry? Given that every new year brings us new opportunities, perhaps we should entertain the thought of the century old noun, "resolution".
Got Resolutions? According to Free Dictionary, a resolution is the state or quality of being resolute, act of resolving, or a firm determination to do something. And according to the US Government, some of the most popular resolutions are; losing weight, quitting cigarettes, saving money, getting fit, and most importantly [to us at least], are volunteering to help others and becoming more/better educated.
Therefore, let us begin here, with these two last resolutions; volunteering to help others and becoming more/better educated. Thus, how do these translate into our lives as educators, clerks, maintenance, cafeteria, para-education and supervisory personnel? Simply put, by going the extra mile in helping a 3rd grader learn his or her multiplications knowing that division is right around the corner, or perhaps researching Direct Intensive Intervention and how it can make a difference in our approach to Figurative Language. Perhaps if we look at our professions from the point of view; "how can I offer more help, or maybe, what more can I learn or train in that will ultimately benefit my [entire] class or the students at my school," then we will reap from what we sow.
Ultimately, what we do or don't do will have a paramount effect. Volunteering to help others and educating ourselves more each and everyday will last a lifetime, it creates legacies and bottom-line, priceless.
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