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Using RocketReader - Top Ten Classroom Tips for Teachers
- Run an introductory session on RocketReader for the whole class.
Select a Lesson Plan (for example, a Quick lesson) and go through
it step-by-step, so the students can get used to the program and you can answer any questions they may have. This works better than many one-on-one
sessions and saves time.
- Consider borrowing a projector from the library for the introductory
- The RocketReader Flash
exercise is fun.
This exercise also works well as a group exercise, with students "calling
out" the words/phrases as they see them. (Include this as part of your
RocketReader introductory session).
- Set up user names for the whole class. This is preferable to
allowing children to enter their own names, as it helps avoid
duplication and other mix-ups. (Student graphs and reports are generated under their respective user names, so it is important to assign non-repeating names).
- Set up a special reading for the class about a favorite topic.
- Create your own comprehension tests - it's easy. (Click here for detailed
instructions and examples).
- You can enable "Spelling Mode" in the Flash
exercise, so that students have to type in the correct answers. This is great for developing spelling and keyboard skills.
- The Grouping,
Speed and Readings
all use texts that are sorted by reading grade level. This means
that students in your class can practice appropriately graded texts.
A proficient reader and a struggling student can be sitting next
to each other and each can learn at their own pace.
- You can determine the grade level of your own texts
- in the exercise window (e.g. in Readings) select "Reading
Level..." from the "File" menu. This allows to
make sure that all texts you use for student reading practice are at an appropriate grade level.
- After a RocketReader training session, generate individual student reports and print them out for the students to take home to their parents. See what information is produced in these reports here.