Coordinators and Principals: Attached is the certificate you may edit and print to give to your Outstanding Mentor(s) for the 2011/2012 school year. There is also the Starfish Flinger poem which is very nice to also give.
February 29, 2012
February 28, 2012
Ideas for Using Project MORE
to Teach Reading to Students with Multiple Disabilities
Excerpted from a letter written by Tammy Morris, Teacher, Powell Elementary, email@example.com
I am writing to tell you how Project MORE changed my classroom. I teach students with multiple disabilities. The average IQ of my students is 52 (2005). Many people would not even bother with traditional reading instruction, but I believe it is the most functional academic skill these students can learn. Using the Reading-tutors.com materials has improved my instruction, provided me with more time, and inspired my students. I now have resources at the correct instructional level for the students.
I mostly use the Alphabet, High Frequency Words, and Leveled Readers Packets. Students usually spend a week on a single packet. I also cut up books to make matching and sequencing activities. Students may match words to the pictures for comprehension or sequence a story to retell. If needed, I can incorporate more materials from Readinga-z to expand the packets and to reinforce vocabulary. The student will usually read the book at least two times at school; and I hear from the parents that they read the books repeatedly at home.
The students beg to do packets, and are excited about reading. They have gained self confidence and are proud of themselves. One student will demonstrate appropriate behavior with the promise of doing a packet. They love the games, and I think the games enhance their learning. The numerous nonfiction books are helping students to learn about their world, and to increase background knowledge. The reading is being generalized, as they can now go to the shelf and choose other books they can read.
Project MORE’s 1:1 mentoring using the Reading-tutors materials is the single most important resource that my students and I have experienced at school.
“If they can speak, they can read.” Tammy Morris
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to All,
Quote: “Project MORE has made a difference in our school’s AYP, Value Added, and school report card as well as community relations.” Principal
Project MORE Conference: The 7th Annual Project MORE Conference is in the final planning stages. We are very excited about the speakers and breakout session presenters. This conference will be valuable for veteran and new Project MORE programs as well as those considering Project MORE for next year. Conference Overview is attached.
Helpful Hints and Changes: We created a word document to help coordinators locate the most frequently used items of Project MORE. This document identifies best practice items such as: where to find colored game boards, when Fluency level is higher than Comprehension level, Needs Attention Box for student folders that need reviewed, adding Vocabulary Cards to mentoring sessions, etc.
Project MORE Follow Up Trainings: Click here for the Trainings scheduled for Wednesday, March 28th, Tuesday, April 3rd and May 21st. Quote: “I appreciate the Follow Up Training & chance to share and hear how things are going for others. Great time to share ideas and issues.” Principal
Have a wonderful spring and see you in May,
February 27, 2012
*The complete document is attached at the bottom
*Forms referenced are attached at the bottom
Helpful Hints, Additions & Changes: Project MORE Training Manual
Create a Project MORE Folder on your desktop (p. 13):
When Fluency Level is higher than Comprehension Level (p. 29):
Mentors’ Directions with Colored Cues for Fluency Testing (p. 31):
Colored Game Boards (Blue Mentoring Folder):
Red and Green Boxes, “Needs Attention” Box (crate, basket):
Lesson Plan Choices (p.87):
Using DIBELS Benchmark Assessments (p.110):
Add Vocabulary Cards (p. 117)
Only make copies of what you need:
When to move a student up a level:
Other hints and tips:
February 26, 2012
This is a newsletter that Carrie gave to her Mentors this month. It has a lot of great tips as well
as pertinent information for her Volunteers.
Thank you for sharing this with us Carrie, Intervention Specialist, Nevin Coppock Elementary.