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FOUNDATIONS I Teacher Manual

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  • Facilitate
  • Encourage
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Facilitate and Encourage

Facilitate and Encourage Can the student distinguish between the four patterns of the paired sound sweeps (up/up, down/down, down/up, up/down)? Practice with the student focusing on sweep sequence identification. This can best be done by having the student use the Early Level Sky Gym demos. Have the student close their eyes while you control the exercise and they focus on listening to each sound sweep sequence. Randomly select different sequences until the student can demonstrate a high rate of accuracy, then allow the student to work in the demo. If the student’s accuracy dips, repeat these steps before allowing them to work independently. Is the student struggling to hear the difference between the current sound sweeps? Sit with the student while they work on the exercise. Ask the student what they hear. If they can’t verbalize the sounds correctly, have them find a word that they can equate with the low tone and the high tone (a popular option is “Me” and “Joe”). Once students have created their own vocabulary word for each tone, direct the student to listen for them as they play along with the computer. Does the student have basic sequencing skills? Start by using pairs of words, such as “orange-apple” and “big-little.” Say the word pair and have the student repeat it back to you in the same order. Vary the order of the words in the pair: orange-apple, apple-orange, apple-apple, orange-orange. Then switch to “Weep-Woop” as the word pair. Randomly say one of the four possible variations, and have the student repeat that sequence aloud. Next, using a small sheet of paper, draw an arrow pointing up and an arrow pointing down right below it. Again, say the “Weep-Woop” variations and have the student point at the appropriate arrow sequence. 68 Sky Gym Teacher Manual

Facilitate and Encourage Does the student struggle in later levels, as the sweeps get shorter with less time in between them? An extended flat line on a student’s progress graph is evidence that they may not be able to handle the increased processing load. Encourage them by reminding them that they have made excellent progress and that many students hit a plateau just like this in Sky Gym. Remind the student of the best practices for making progress in this exercise: focus, listen intently, and identify the sequence before clicking the answer. If Autoplay is on, have the student turn it off so that they can choose when to start each question. This can help prevent students from getting incorrect answers, feeling discouragement, and giving in to frustration. Encourage the student to use the Replay button to get their ears used to the shorter and closer together sweep sequences. Is the student unable to consistently get 3 correct answers in a row? Challenge the student to “Beat the Teacher.” The goal of this activity is to achieve accuracy and get streaks of correct answers. Students make progress based on the 3-Forward/1-Back Rule: they move forward when they get 3 answers in a row correct, but they move backward when they get 1 answer incorrect. 1. On a sheet of paper, make two columns, then put your name on the top of one column and the student’s name on the top of the other column. Or use the Beat the Teacher Worksheet. 2. Listen along with the student during the exercise. 3. When the student gets three in a row correct, record one point for the student. When the student makes an error, record a point for yourself. 4. At the end of the intervention, total the points for each column. Calculate the number of student points earned minus the number of teacher points earned. This number represents the total number of steps forward the student has progressed. 5. Have the student set a points goal to help them strive for even greater consistency and faster progress. Sky Gym Teacher Manual 69