Accelerated Reader motivate students via success
All teachers understand that practicing skills taught in class is the basis for developing that skill. We expect athletes to practice before the big game, we expect actors to rehearse before opening night, and so too we should expect students to practice their reading. The practice is the key to reading growth, once the basic lessons have been taught be a skilled teacher.
Accelerated Reader is focused on successful reading practice, where comprehension is the focus.
Within Accelerated Reader students experience success when their reading ranges are set correctly. Rethinking about the work of Vygotsky and his Zone of Proximal Development, Accelerated Reader is based on the simple idea that students need to practice their reading and that reading needs to be successful to produce maximum reading growth. You can think of Reading Range as a student’s Zone of Proximal Development for reading.
Once a teacher has set each students individual reading range correctly, students will have great confidence in selecting books they can comprehend. This comprehension results in the student passing their Accelerated Reader Quizzes and immediately receiving praise from their teacher.
Australian Schools have seen great student outcomes with the support of Accelerated Reader in these areas:
- Motivating Reluctant Readers
- Motivating Boys to Read
- Motivating Aboriginal Students to Read
- Using ICT to Drive the Reading Program
- Increasing Library Borrowing
- Ensuring the Library is the Centre of a School’s Reading Program