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READING LEVEL 2 | Teacher manual

Teacher manual Reading level 2 Fast ForWord

What kind of results can

What kind of results can be expected? Students can achieve, on average, a 1 to 2 year gain in reading skills in 4 to 16 weeks using one of the prescribed protocols: PROTOCOLS 30 minutes per day 5 days per week 12 – 16 weeks 40 minutes per day 5 days per week 9 – 13 weeks 50 minutes per day 5 days per week 6 – 10 weeks 90 minutes per day 5 days per week 4 – 7 weeks Neuroscience research confirms the importance of frequency and intensity of activity to build and strengthen new skills. The research-based protocol recommended here ensures students receive frequent and intense practice, while providing teachers with the flexibility to meet their instructional programs’ structure and objectives. In addition, students often exhibit enhanced self-confidence, better communication, greater interest in learning, and improved mental agility and alertness, after working on these exercises. The Learning Environment Fast ForWord Reading Series can be used in a variety of scenarios within a school: Classroom Setting In this scenario the teacher provides direct instruction using effective reading strategies to help students use the program before, during and after using Fast ForWord Reading. Often there may be a paraprofessional who may assist the students as they work on the computer while the teacher works with other students working on different activities. ➤ Large Group - The teacher leads a discussion about the target skill(s) being addressed in Fast ForWord and demonstrates how the product works using a computer and large screen or projection system. Some of the teacher-directed offline activities, such as stories read aloud or practice with word lists or families, also may be done with a large group. ➤ Small Group - Students are given the directions in a small group by the teacher. Then each child goes to the computer to work on individualized exercises, adapted to the student’s ability. As students finish, they may work on offline activities in small groups that support the exercises completed on the computer or prepares the student for the next exercise. ➤ Individual Student – A student works on an individualized program either in the classroom or in a pull out program using the software and the offline activities. Computer Lab Students work on the program in the computer lab where there are many computers. The Lab Coordinator or a paraprofessional may guide the student as needed. Media Center This scenario works similar to the Computer Lab environment. Students work independently with assistance as needed from the media specialist or a paraprofessional. Fast ForWord Reading Level 2 | 11

No matter where Fast ForWord Reading is used, it is important to have a smooth implementation. Each station where a student works on the software should have the following elements: ❏ Computer with the minimal technical requirements ❏ Two sets of high-quality stereo headphones – one for the student, one for the teacher ❏ One Y-adapter for the headphones – This allows the teacher to listen to the student as he is working on the software. ❏ Headphones plugged into the computer with the Y-adapter ❏ Access to a printer ❏ Internet connection The station should be located in such a way that the teacher/coach/aide can easily observe the student’s progress and intervene if he is struggling with the exercise. There should also be room for the student to do paper and pencil seatwork on offline activities when finished with the online exercises as students may work at different speeds to complete their assignments. 12 | Fast ForWord Reading Level 2