How I Drive Instruction With Raz-Kids & An Ah-Mazing Giveaway!
I am soo excited to tell you about a great giveaway that I have the opportunity to offer you!!
This past week, I had the wonderful pleasure of talking to and “meeting” the product marketing manager of Raz-Kids from the Learning A-Z company. You all I know I *adore* Raz-Kids and I have been using it for about 5 years now with my students. You can read a little about how I use Raz-Kids in the classroom by clicking HERE.
If you’re not familiar with Raz-Kids, in a nutshell, it is a virtual library where your students can access hundreds of books that are on their guided reading level. It allows them to listen to the book, read the book on their own, and take a comprehension quiz on the book. In the meantime, they earn stars to build a virtual rocket as they read more and more books.
Lately, I’ve started to really take a look at all of the features “behind the scenes” in Raz-Kids. In a world of data, assessment, and data-driven instruction, anything that can give me information on my students’ progress is a huge perk in my eyes. I have my formal observation coming up and I’ve been taking a look at all of the ways I gather information about my students to drive my instruction. My students use Raz-Kids DAILY so I figured this was a very valuable source of data for me.
One of the neat features Raz-Kids has is the ability to look at many different reports about your students on the site. The one I am obsessed with right now is the skills report. After my students take quizzes on the independent books they read, it calculates percentages and breaks down each comprehension skill to give me a quick snapshot of which skills my students’ are mastering and which skills my students just “do not get.”
This weekend, I randomly looked at a skill report from three students, each in a different guided reading group.
Do you see the pattern? Some of their lowest skills fall in drawing conclusions and making inferences. Guess what I’m going to be teaching after Thanksgiving?! Yup. Inference and Drawing Conclusions.
And, it gets even better. Those were individual student reports from Raz-Kids. I can also pull up a whole class report of my students’ skills and see where their needs lie as a whole.
The data shows that drawing conclusions and making inferences is a skill that a majority of my class needs. (I found it interesting that 100% of my students are mastering genre and theme, and that prior knowledge is very high since that was a BIG portion of our first nine week assessments and instruction on our curriculum maps. Very cool to see! We are currently diving into main idea, recall, and summarizing in the second nine weeks so I expect to see those start to take off next.)
I’m going to sound like an infomercial in a minute. BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! (Can you just hear my infomercial voice?!) 🙂 It also breaks down how your students are doing in each of the Common Core standards. I know. You’re jumping up and down right now. Don’t feel embarrassed…I did it too.
Pretty cool, huh? So that, my friends, is how I am using Raz-Kids as a piece of data to drive my reading instruction with my students. Any program that can lay out that kind of information for me quickly and effortlessly is one I adore.
Now…. I get to share some FUN with you!! The wonderful people at Learning A-Z have generously offered to give away two three month subscriptions to my Sugar and Spice followers! One lucky winner will receive a 3 month subscription to Raz-Kids and one lucky winner will receive a 3 month subscription to Reading A-Z (another fab resource that I’ll share with you soon!). I’m soo thankful to the wonderful people at Learning A-Z for allowing me to share these products with you!! 🙂
Enter the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will end next Saturday at midnight (EST) on November 23rd. Good luck!!