Thoughts about BR 0 Students... and Reading Counts Quizes

This is my second year teaching Read 180.  Last year I had a heck of a time getting students to PASS Reading Counts tests... We finally developed a plan to have the students take a Pre-Test using a printed Reading Counts test, and using it to take the test on the computer.  Our results improved, with a lot of time spent conferencing about the books before the students took the tests.  This year I have added Bood Adventure to the equation.  See www.bookadventure.com ....  This had really helped my students get excited about taking tests AND passing them.  I am able to have the students read books at their independent reading level (BR 0 to 200) AND have success INDEPENDENTLY!!! I am sooo excited!! They are reading more outside of class, and begging to take the Book Adventure quizes during their recess.  I have noticed that their success on Reading Counts tests has improved also, WITHOUT the use of pre-tests and major conferencing.  Now as I reflect on the error of my ways last year, I believe I was pushing my BR 0 students to earn Reading Counts points... and the book selections in my Read 180 library was a little too tough for them.  The students now actually CHOOSE to re-read their in class books, two and three times.... before they take the test on the computer.  It is just a thought I wanted to share.  Any other ideas for my BR 0 students would be greatly appreciated!!! :) 

By jfanson
Posted on: October 24 2010
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