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READING LEVEL 2 | Teacher manual

Teacher manual Reading level 2 Fast ForWord

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introduction What is Fast ForWord Reading? Fast ForWord Reading is a reading intervention solution that develops reading skills through intensive, adaptive software exercises. It is based on more than 30 years of research on how the brain learns and how this connects to language and reading. It increases processing efficiency and builds critical reading skills so districts get the most from their existing instructional approach. Who should use Fast ForWord Reading? Fast ForWord Reading software is for K-12 education institutions and clinical specialists worldwide whose students are reading below grade level. What does Fast ForWord Reading Level 2 teach? Fast ForWord Reading Level 2 is a reading intervention solution that increases processing efficiency and builds critical reading skills so districts get the most from their existing instructional approach. Fast ForWord Reading Level 2 software consolidates early reading skills, with a focus on applying phonics and decoding strategies, improving word recognition, and understanding the rules for reading comprehension. To accelerate reading progress, Fast ForWord Reading Level 2 exercises critical brain processing efficiency in four key areas: ➤ Builds memory by having students hold an incomplete sentence in working memory while recalling vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation rules from long-term memory. ➤ Improves attention by sustaining interest across multiple passage segments and questions. ➤ Develops processing by coordinating the auditory and visual processing of two perceptual streams, speech and written text. ➤ Develops sequencing by using word order and grammar to identify subtle difference in meaning among phrases, sentences and passages. Just as physical exercise increases muscle strength and efficiency, Fast ForWord Reading Level 2 software exercises the brain, increasing its ability to learn better and faster. Each exercise targets and develops the processing efficiency needed for successful reading and learning. In addition to the computer-based instruction, activity strategies and materials are provided for teachers. They can be used to provide guidance on appropriate student placement within the products as well as to give direct instruction, motivation, intervention, and supplemental instruction. Some of the activities are designed as individual activities. Others are appropriate for small-group instruction or for integrating into classroom reading curriculum. Some of the activities are designed for specific students such as ELL, Special Education and struggling readers. Fast ForWord Reading Level 2 | 9

How does Fast ForWord Reading work? Four key components of this intervention product work together to create dramatic changes in brain function required to achieve universal literacy: ➤ Frequency and Intensity—Neuroscience research demonstrates that completing a set of learning tasks in a frequent, intense timeframe accelerates learning. ➤ Adaptivity—Exercises adapt with each key stroke to individual skill levels and responses, keeping students continuously challenged but not frustrated. ➤ Simultaneous Development—Exercises develop major cognitive and reading skills simultaneously to produce lasting improvements in learning. ➤ Timely Motivation—Tiered rewards are designed to maximize motivation from start to finish. Online and offline activities combine to provide instructional opportunities and reinforcement that support each student’s journey toward reading proficiency. How does Fast ForWord Reading help struggling readers? The exercises challenge students to remain focused on completing the exercises to obtain the maximum benefit from the product. To lessen any distraction and discouragement, Fast ForWord Reading exercises include points and on-screen rewards that can be combined with motivational activities. These rewards and activities are effective ways to provide students with positive reinforcement. Rewarding students for their hard work encourages them to maintain sustained and focused attention. Motivation is a critical factor in whether students achieve the high levels of participation and completion necessary for success (80% or higher). Lab coaches, teachers, administrators and parents can work together to create an effective program for building intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Timely intervention is key to supporting students’ effective performance on the exercises. Teachers can use informal and formal assessment strategies to identify when a student is experiencing difficulty. 10 | Fast ForWord Reading Level 2