Book Love

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Book Love by Penny Kittle shares stories on how readers develop depth, stamina and passion. Though written with adolescents in mind, the message is absolutely appropriate for elementary age. She states that the path to difficult reading begins with books that students enjoy. To build capacity for reading requires practice and lots of it to build stamina. This reminds me of exercise. Anyone who’s tried distance running can attest to the need of gradually increasing exercise over time. Building stamina to get over that hill and then add another hill the following week takes energy and committed focus.

Kittle does a great job of offering strategies integrated into the day to achieve the desired effect – passion for reading.  A great read for those who are interested in supporting the reading process.

Reading The Impossible

Many of you have asked me if there is support for those who struggle with reading digital content especially when it is written above instructional reading levels.  Every time a class attempts research out on the web, students are faced with information they cannot comfortably read. For the brain to have enough neuronal resources to devote to comprehension they must be able to read at their independent reading level (*that’s an extremely high accuracy rate).

A handy site [no downloading] that I’ve shared is Rewordify.  This online tool allows you to copy a text or website link into a box area.  It locates and converts difficult words into more commonly understood words.

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 For example, I copied/pasted the definition of “Autumn”.  Rewordify highlights the difficult words in purple and inserts the common words in yellow. rewordify_result

Additional features in Settings, offers some ability to customize.

Differentiation is attained without losing sight of the original text.  You can even work on building vocabulary at the same time!  Let me know what you think and how you’ve used it in your classes.

 

Access Raz-Kids Through iPad

razkidsSome news that I’ve been waiting for from Learning A-Z, which will offer increased flexibility – Raz-Kids has launched their app for ipad!  Students can now access our Raz-Kids accounts from the ipad.  You should use a headset [the speaker jack from your headset goes into the jack on the top of the ipad].  The recordings can be done with the ipad mic, rather than the mic attached to the headset.  However, consider using the program in a quiet spot as sound will travel. Our test run produced very good results.  What was interesting – it was still easier for teachers to manage activities and report documentation through the computer.   More information on the program can be found on our site – click here.

If you are interested in accessing Raz-Kids, please email our Learning Technologies team.   If you have previous experience with Raz-Kids and would like to be a part of our journey in supporting students in Tier 1-2, please apply here.