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READING LEVEL 3 | Teacher manual

  • Text
  • Correctly
  • Paragraph
  • Vocabulary
  • Violin
  • Scrap
  • Cities
  • Zebra
  • Skunk
  • Monkeys
  • Forword
Teacher manual Reading level 3 Fast ForWord

The Learning Environment

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 students as they work on the computer while the teacher works with other students 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 student goes to the computer to work on individualized exercises, adapted to his or her ability. As students finish, they may work on an offline activity that supports 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. 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 minimum 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. Fast ForWord Reading Level 3 | 11

Sample Learning Station Here is a sample configuration of a learning station: Stereo Y-adapter Computer Partition Clutter-free desk or table Non-swivel chair 2 sets of stereo headphones for student and teacher 12 | Fast ForWord Reading Level 3