Scoil Mhuire Lahinch partakes in the Accelerated Reading Programme (AR).
This programme involves students reading books, taking online quizzes, and getting immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.
Over 26,000 reading practice quizzes are available on books from over 300 publishers and imprints. Independent of any publishing interests and suitable for students of primary and secondary age, AR ensures that there are plenty of books to interest every reader available on the programme. Pupils develop reading skills most effectively when they read appropriately challenging books – difficult enough to keep them engaged but not so difficult that they become frustrated. This is their ‘Zone of Proximal Development’ (ZPD).
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The importance of daily personalised reading practice cannot be overstated. Recent studies indicate that when students spend 25 minutes a day reading suitably challenging books which they successfully comprehend (demonstrated by achieving 90% or more on the reading practice quiz), then they will achieve optimal reading age growth. This is the power of personalised practice.
AR gives teachers the information they need to monitor students’ reading practice and make informed decisions to guide their future learning.
Because students receive regular feedback from AR, teachers and parents/gaurdians are given many opportunities to praise students for their successes and to discuss with them what they have been reading.