- 10 Minutes: rereading books for fluency practice, reading the new text introduced yesterday (while the teacher takes a running record
- 10 Minutes: word work and writing
- 10 Minutes: reading a new book at my instructional reading level
I attempted to digitize my own ERE lesson today by downloading several apps that would substitute for the lesson's traditional materials. (I will follow this post with a review of those apps). For the first 10 minutes of the lesson, I read a leveled books with my student. These texts had been previously downloaded and read by the student so I was able to use the texts again for fluency practice and the running record. For the next 10 minutes, I used the Whiteboard HD app to conduct the writing portion of the lesson (although I used my own paper sentence strip for the cut up sentence) and a magnetic letter app for the word work. For the last 10 minutes, I used another digital text that I downloaded.
Overall, the lesson went well (although not all of the apps were to my liking). My student was engaged and enjoyed using the iPad (although, anecdotally, I find most first graders in a one on one intervention to be engaged even without an iPad). Logistically, I appreciated the ease of this lesson as all of the materials I needed were literally right at my fingertips. Eventually, it would be great to have an app that can complete the running record. That way the teacher could keep all records digitally and track data accordingly. Ideally, for the lesson to be incredibly smooth, both student and teacher would have an iPad so the teacher could monitor, take notes, and record data. The student could then take his or her own iPad home for practice on today's book (and even read other books selected by the child). I think it won't be long before the apps are fine tuned (and hopefully affordable) and Reading Recovery teachers can feasibly go digital. If you have any suggestions for strong apps that would fit well into this lesson, please leave a comment.
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