Student Book Selection Guide

Student Book Selection Guide
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This guide is designed to be used with Renaissance Learning's Accelerated Reader.

One of the biggest challenges I've always faced with emerging readers is that delicate balance between structure and independence. Accelerated Reader (AR) prides itself on harnessing the power of "student choice" in reading. But, what if students don't have the experience yet to make those choices? What if their choices are hindering their progress rather than enhancing it?

This student reference is a guide for fledgling independent readers on how to pick a book they are likely to be successful in reading. It harnesses the power of self-assessment, and shows students how to make a rational choice based on recent experiences, and move towards independent learning.

To use: I generally teach the handout whole group/class to my "independent" readers and any other readers that may be making the transition to independent reading soon. Then, for the first couple of weeks, I look at AR tests with the students, and then ask all the questions on the guide: "What score did you get?" "Are you going to look for a book that is higher, lower, or the same?" And then, because I'm THAT teacher, I refer them to the box that has the correct books...

Once students are weaned away from my direct instruction, I can focus on students who need intervention and re-teach.

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