Well I may have found it...... (thanks TPT forums!)
A while back, I briefly blogged about the website called Read Theory. Yo can read the quick post by clicking here.
I love this FREE comprehension website, and I pinky swore I would write a more in-depth blog post about it. Well...fast forward 2 months....and I am finally ready to blog about it! Sheesh.....time flies, right?!?
Anyway.... Read Theory is a wonderful free educational tool. Once teachers set up a class, their students instantly gain access to thousands of leveled reading passages.
Teachers have the ability to set each students initial reading level, which ensures each student starts with text that is appropriate for them!
As the student progresses through the program, Read Theory adapts the student's reading level. Meaning....if a student scores 90% or higher on a quiz, their reading level goes up and passages get harder. If a student scores 70-89% on a quiz, their level remains the same, thus passages remain the same. The level will decrease if the student scores 69% or less, consequently passages will decrease in difficulty.
|A student's reading level progression graph. This student started out at a third grade reading level and has progressed to the sixth grade! :) Yay!|
Oh..... and teachers receive TONS of valuable data!!! DOUBLE YES!!!!
Read Theory gives you two types of data: whole class and individual. All results are based on mastery of common core skills.
|This is a whole class snapshot of reading level progressions. Each blue bar represents a student. Three data points are reported: initial reading level, current reading level and average reading level.|
|Picture is another whole class snapshot on common core standards. If the class average rises above 80% the bars turn green, if an average falls below 70% the bars turn red.|
If you click on the the blue quiz number on the right side of the screen (see picture below), you are able to read the exact passage and questions the student was given. It also provides the teacher with the how the student answered each question, (i.e. whether they got a question right or wrong.)
Talk about awesome data---and great information for student-teacher conferences!!
Another helpful piece of data is the individual report on how students are progressing in terms of common core skill mastery.
So obviously the teacher gets lots of feedback.....BUT....what about the students?!?!
Don't worry---they get tons of feed back too. AND--it is instant!
While taking a quiz, if a student answers a question incorrectly.... Read Theory helps them discover why....
See this website is pretty great, isn't' it! AND...its for older kids! WAAAHOOO!
Now....I must admit that not all of my students are motivated (insert big gasp).....so I try to sweeten the pot a little by having a simple little contest. And it is simple. Very simple!
I have a little spot on my marker board that says "Leaders."
Every two weeks, the top three leaders get a prize. Sometimes they get a mini-pop, a bag of popcorn or even 10 minutes of free-time.
This simple little contest really motivates my kiddos.....not only does it motivate them to read more passages in order to take more quizzes, but it also motivates them to do well. If a student does well, Read Theory awards bonus points.
Keeping track of the leaders is super easy, because Read Theory does that for me. All I have to do is look up how may points each of my students has scored in the last two weeks.....and update my board!
I hope you get a chance to check out the website......let me know if you have any questions!