Student Application: Moving Beyond the Metric of Time on Task

Time on task is important and we've all been monitoring to ensure students are on-task within a session for 16-18 minutes, but now, they are ready for you to shift to the next expectation-–stronger mastery percentages. Consider beginning to hold your students accountable for working through the READ 180 Student Application with the goal of achieving 80% and higher in each Zone.

Step 1: Students Self-Monitor Time-OnTask
Begin to shift the monitoring of students time on task by implementing an End of Week Exit Ticket to share their personal Dashboard Highlights. Let them recognize each other and give the shoutouts. You still keep a pulse check from your Data Dashboards, but this will begin to put more ownership on each student.

Step 2: Preparing for Them to Notice the Feedback
Students are working hard in our classrooms, so let them know you are too. Listen to their fluency recordings, rate their fluency, read their writings and respond with a positive comment, and a suggestion for the next submissions.

Directions for listening to a STUDENT APPLICATION fluency recording or reading a writing sample:

  • Log into HMH
  • Click on CLASS LIST
  • Click on STUDENT NAME
  • Click on TEACHER TOOLS

Step 3: Make the transition to Raising Percentages
Begin to note specific areas of need that provide support with planning your student conferences regarding any percentage below 80%.

Start with planning your on-going feedback plan with the Success Zone- Final Fluency Recording. After listening to the FLUENCY CHECK rate the students Expression, Accuracy, Phrasing, and Overall Score. In the Overall Score tab you are able to type a comment. Some students think you are listening to only the first part or reading the beginning of their papers, so I might write a comment about the last part of their recording or writing submission.

Feedback Suggestions

Student One: Wow! You are really improving on your expression! Thank you.

Student Two: Thank you for reading into the microphone; I appreciate your hard work. Next recording, try to add more expression to your voice.

Students are able to re-record until they are satisfied with their reading recording. Recordings of the text provide a safe space for students to practice reading.


Then, do the same for planning feedback for the Writing Zone. After reading the students writing submission and rating it add comments in the Overall Score.

Feedback Suggestions

Student One: Great job adding the transitions we have been working on. I especially like the use of “In addition” and ‘According to” in your writing.

Student Two: Nice start! Your writing has really improved! Your thesis is right on target! Don’t forget to add text evidence to support your thoughts in your next submission.

One of the perfect times to conference with students about their fluency and writing ratings is during Small Group rotation when students are working on their final copies of the workshop writing assignments. This is the right amount of time to confer with students. At this time you can also conference with students about the Student Application scores. Review students scores in the Explore, Reading, and Language Zones. Remind students that score goals should be 80% or higher in each Zone. Conference with students about their personal scores.

Remind students of the following:
1. to use the supports in each of the Zones for higher success.
2. to make flashcards to practice vocabulary outside of school
3. to record and listen to their recording
4. to examine the text and cite evidence to support answers
5. to practice and apply comprehension strategies
6. to expand vocabulary with similar and contrasting meanings

WRAP UP: The oral fluency assessments in the Success Zone monitor's the student's decoding and oral fluency progress, word recognition, decoding speed and accuracy, and oral expressiveness. The Fluency Check demonstrates growth and builds confidence in students. In the Writing Zone students strengthen and practice writing skills by responding to a prompt.

My challenge for you:
Start taking an hour or two a week to listen and type comments on the students recordings and read through their writings. Remind students to check the tab My Portfolio in the Student App to read your comments. This feedback is imperative to students learning more about their fluency, writing skills, and taking the student application seriously. Ask students with strong fluency for permission to play their recordings to the class in Whole Group. Highlight the students with strong writing skills, too. The students will be able to see what pops up on your teacher assessment. This will be the first step to taking the next step of conferring for targeted support and goal setting for each zone. Be on the lookout for tips in my next post.

Good luck and I look forward to hearing back from you!

Stage C READ 180 Educator

Philosophy of Teaching All of my life, I have enjoyed working with children and have always desired to teach. It is my belief that no matter what socio-economic background, everyone deserves to achieve his/her educational goals. It is my ambition to facilitate this process.Growing up in the Houston area, I have always been aware of the Cypress-Fairbanks School District. The district's reputation of excellence is well known, not only in the Houston metroplex, but throughout the state of Texas. As a professional educator, it is important to be associated with a school district whose goals for its students are aligned with my philosophy of teaching.

  • tvickers

    Hi Andrea! I am getting Universal in the Fall and I can't wait to implement some of these that I haven't done before and/or tweak how I have been doing things. One thing I really like is that you let students share what they are proud of at the end of the week. That really holds them accountable to be thoughtful about the effort they put in, if they want to be able to use it to share. I am also excited to leave feedback for my students that they can read when they log into their app.

    I don't believe you are able to write comments on the students Dashboard on Next Generation. I always just verbally commented to my students or wrote them a personal note.

    Is it possible to leave comments and use the things you listed with Next Generation?