A Common Language Across the School
This is a huge bonus....consistency, consistency, consistency.
Principals, teachers, students, parents and caregivers all benefit from a simple, transparent approach to reading instruction. There are no surprises. What happens in reading is replicated across the school.
A 'Best Practice' Way of Teaching
SharpReading takes care of 'What do I teach' and 'How do I teach it.'
Our structured teaching routines mean that your beginning teachers through to your most experienced can quickly function at a high level of competence. Teacher aides can also undertaking teaching roles that would normally be beyond their capability
SharpReading routines generate noticeable changes in student focus, as much as 40% more engagement!
80% of SharpReading Schools report significant improvement in reading ability and achievement.
MAKE HAPPY TEACHERS
50% reduction in planning and assessment workloads means lots of confident, smiling teachers.
What does SharpReading School-Wide look like?
STEP 4: Train the Coach
Develop in-school expertise to become independent.
You can now combine this with Step 3 for just an extra $250 NZD (the cost of an Coach ONLiNE Course).
Identify SharpReading 'Champions' within the school and they can complete the practical component of their training during an In-School Support visit.
This enables the school to maintain the momentum and the integrity of the program over time.
CLICK HERE for more information about SharpReading Coach training.
FAQs for School-Wide PD
When can we start SharpReading School-Wide?
Anytime during the year. Contact us to book a starting event (Start-up TOD or Webinars). Available days at the beginning of the school year are usually snapped up quickly so be quick to avoid disappointment.
Do you require prepayment for SharpReading School-Wide?
We will invoice you for Steps 1&2 at the completion of the Start-Up Webinars or Workshops. The same applies to each of the following training components - you will be invoiced after the event. If there are significant travel costs we may require prepayment of these once you have committed to each next step.
What will SharpReading School-Wide look like in the classrooms?
If you or your teachers are already running guided reading rotations nothing will change. There will not need to be organisational upheavals. The difference will be in the way the groups are run.
What is the recommended frequency of SharpReading Guided Reading lessons and how long do they last for?
Once again, we would expect you to continue with whatever is currently happening in your classroom reading group rotations. In junior classrooms (Years 1&2) it is usual for teachers to run 10-12 minute lessons and attempt to see all or most groups each day. Our Stages 1&2 routine is designed to make that possible.
In Years 3-8, where most students would be working on Stage 3, we would recommend that lessons be scheduled for 25-30 minutes. Students who are at or above their chronological age would be seen at least once a week (more if possible). Students who have a reading age below their chronological age need more regular contact and a different approach - we have that covered!
Do we have to commit to all the STEPS in the PD plan?
No. You can make a start with Steps 1&2 - the Start-Up Webinar or Workshop and the ONLiNE Courses. Or you can opt to make a start with Stage 3: Comprehension in your Year 3-6 classes.
This gives you a chance to evaluate the program in your school before committing to the In-School Follow-up days (Step 3 and beyond).