Fisher More promotes and supports a love of reading. To help with this, we use a computerised reading programme called Accelerated Reader (AR). This programme is used at KS3 with Years 7, 8 and 9.
At Fisher More, Accelerated Reader is an important facet of the Drop Everything And Read programme (DEAR). Once a fortnight, pupils will have a library lesson (during an English lesson) in which they can return their books, take quizzes to check recall and comprehension, and earn points in the process.
Using the data collected from pupil’s quiz scores, we can monitor their progress. In addition, it also enables us to implement appropriate intervention for those pupils who are reluctant readers or find reading difficult. Ultimately, one important aim of the scheme is to rekindle our pupils’ enjoyment of reading, having a positive impact on their literacy skills in the process.
What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?
Accelerated Reader is a computer programme that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Pupils pick a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When they have finished, pupils takes a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that the pupil has understood what was read. AR gives both pupils and their teacher feedback based on the quiz results.
What are the Quizzes?
AR quizzes are taken on computers, under the supervision of a teacher or the LRC Manager. They consist of multiple choice questions. Pupils must score 80% or above on these short tests to pass and receive credit for their readings. When pupils take AR quizzes, they are told instantly of their score, this information is also logged by the programme and accessed by their class teachers.
More information can be found at www.renlearn.co.uk.