AR 101- Lunch & Learn

Accelerated Reader basics - Let's Get Started!

Hanna Springs Elementary

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Personalize the reading practice

As with all tools, the results that you and your students achieve with AR will depend on what you do with it. When used thoughtfully and with proven techniques, AR can lead to tremendous gains in the students' reading abilities.

In this training:

  • We describe some of the techniques that maximize the potential of AR.
  • You will hear basic information about incorporating AR into your reading class.
  • We'll show you some practices that will get you and your students off to a good start, and help you set goals for your students' reading practice.
  • We'll share some tips for managing your classroom, and show you where to find resources you'll want to access when you're ready.

AR 101 - Lunch & Learn

Monday, Sep. 12th, 10:30am-1:30pm

Hanna Springs Elementary School - Computer lab

Bring your lunch with you to the computer lab. (We'll provide dessert).

We will start 5 minutes after each lunch period starts.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Logging in

Make sure you are in the right place...

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Try a QR Code for quick access:

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Make sure the iPad is connected to LISD student

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Log in to iBoss

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Have a "Tech Ninja" as a class job for one or more of your students

For a short time you may use this generic iBoss log in to save time. By the second semester students should be using their own for the safety of everyone.



You should have students sign a log when they use an iPad logged in with a generic, so that we can have a record of who used the iPad that day.

You can add a button to the home screen on the iPad to connect quickly to AR

Accelerated Reader Video

The Goal-Setting Process

1. Review the ZPD and goals provided by the software.

2. Set initial book-level goals at the low end of each student’s ZPD.

3. Meet briefly with students one-on-one.

4. Each marking period, check the data, adjust goals if needed, and confer.

5. Recognize students who meet their goals.

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The students should know their ZPD!

The ZPD is the optimal level of difficulty for reading practice.
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Why 85%?

The most important goal for all students is to average at least 85 percent on quizzes.

Point Goals should be individualized, fair and realistic!

Point goals indicate how much reading students are expected to do. The software provides point goals that are appropriate for each student’s reading ability, the amount of time that you schedule for daily reading practice, and the length of the marking period. We do not recommend giving all students the same point goal.

If a student is frequently absent or if you are not able to schedule reading practice for part of the marking period, lower your students’ point goals.

Conference with your students about realistic goals.

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Accelerated Reader - Tour of the Reading Dashboard