- Ball Park. Find out
approximate grade level of achievement.
- Include observation of attitude,
confidence, strengths and weaknesses.
- If parent present, find out if
interaction is empowering or disempowering. Having the parent present also
gives parent concrete examples of child’s skills and approach to reading.
- The WRAT test is excellent for
this purpose. It could also be the first problem in each section and level
of the Reading Games for School Success to find the opportunity level in
each area of reading.
- Set a motivating goal.
- It must be owned and believed
able to be achieved by the student.
- It must be motivating to unleash
energy and focus.
- The student needs to see the
boundaries, that it is only a finite (limited) number of tangible things
that need to be done and/or achieved.
- The first step or two need to be
attempted and achieved so the student knows that the rest can also be
- Demonstrate that strategies and
tricks can boost his or her power to achieve the goal.
- Start and Continue a Personal
Reading Skills Record.
- Make sure there is understanding
and mastery at each step leading to the goal.
- Check off the objectives as they
are achieved. Always pinpoint the opportunity objective. (The objective next
to learn because all the prerequisite objectives up to that point have been
- Start and Continue introducing
Reading and Learning Strategies.
- Explain there are an almost
unlimited number of strategies that are available and that each one adds to
the student’s power to be successful.
- Some strategies have immediate,
impressive power that can dazzle and amaze. Introduce how to learn new words
and their meaning by drawing pictures and associating them with the words.
- Introduce target specific games
that provide optimum learning conditions to master the skills for which the
games are designed and provide hundreds of hours of practice without the
drudgery usually associated with practice.
- Some games should be introduced
to all students because of their reading aerobic powers. They provide mental
stimulation in regard to reading in general. Games of this sort include WHAT
WORD AM I THINKING OF?
- Some games are target specific.
They are specifically designed to develop particular reading skills. For
example, sound discrimination and reproduction, sound sequencing, letter
sounds, blending sounds into words, dividing words into syllables,
identifying words by contour, sight vocabulary and oral reading accuracy,
word meaning, comprehension skills, expressive oral reading, etc. Use the
Personal Reading Skills Record to determine opportunity needs and then refer
to the games and computer programs listed in the game sections.
- Set up Anytime/Anywhere Learning
- Your Personal Reading Skills
Record, Quick Tests to Check Skill Mastery, and Reading Games for School
Success book provide for anytime/anywhere learning opportunities. This means
that a large amount of extra time becomes available because everything is
always available for learning anywhere the student happens to be.
- The Learning Success website at
http://www.learningsuccess.com provides additional sources of activities
and programs that can be available anytime and anywhere as long as you have
- Recycle Weaknesses into
Strengths and make learning permanent.
- Teach the learning cycle: goal –
observation – interpretation – planning – action – until goal is achieved.
- 3-minute learning program with
- Study Buddy learning program
- Pocket cards
- Build basic vocabulary
- See IQ Boosters.
- Set up regular Home Support
- Personal Stewardship co-planning
- Family Time Agenda and activities
- Power Study Boosters Record
- Values of homework record
- Set up regular Home/School
- Teacher conferences and
- Personal Program Record Sheets,
- Supportive Forms, such as daily
homework sheets, grade to date sheets, learning needs and opportunities