Readiwriter Spelling ensures that your students’ literacy continues to get the attention it deserves during school closure. Here are five easy steps to get the program set up for remote learning quick smart.
Make preparations for home learning
Provide each student with their Readiwriter Spelling unique log-in details. This will give them access to their personal account where they can track their individual progress and complete personalised assignments.
- In the teacher console, select Manage Students
- Check the box above your students’ names to select all students
- Click Download sign-in cards in the information box at the bottom of the screen
- Print the downloaded cards and distribute them to your class
If your school also uses Mathletics, students can log-in to either program using the same details and easily switch between them without having to input their details a second time.
Where possible, model the use of Readiwriter Spelling in class. Put the student console up on a shared screen that all students can see and take them through the activities represented by the different hexagons:
Prepare –> Show –> Practice –> Explore –> Feedback
Let them know that they should complete all the activities in this sequence, moving clockwise around the central hexagon. Also, show them where they can find the weekly spelling lists in the left-hand column of their console.
It’s also important to set some expectations for home learning. Readiwriter Spelling automatically awards students with a certificate if they earn one thousand points, so have your students set this as a goal. It’s a great motivator that serves as instant positive feedback.
Don’t worry if school is out already and you haven’t had time to brief the class. Just share this blog with parents so that they can take their child through the basics. It’s an easy to use interface that doesn’t require any technical know-how, so they’ll have it up and running in no time.
Set up differentiated groups
The student group function of Readiwriter Spelling makes it easy to separate students who need support from those who need an extension, not to mention all levels in between. Simply:
- Go to Manage Students in the teacher console.
- Refer to the Groups bar above your list of students.
- Click the + New Group
- Add your desired students.
With groups established, you can assign differentiated word lists suited to their levels of ability. Should you need to move a student from one group into another, the process is simple:
- Go to Manage Students in the teacher console.
- Select the student you wish to move.
- Click on the drop-down Group menu for that student.
- Select the group you wish to move them to.
Regularly update and assess the progress of your groups over time. It’s a super easy means of differentiation, and much easier to manage than in-class group work!
Assign word lists
Now that you’ve got your students grouped appropriately, it’s time to assign some word lists. Readiwriter Spelling already has these organised into curriculum-aligned courses, so all you need to do is choose the ones appropriate to your region and year level.
- Select Plan in the left-hand column of the teacher console.
- In the Find Courses column, input your course details (e.g. ‘Scotland, Year 3) and select Search.
- Readiwriter Spelling will give you a list of courses from which you can choose. Within these courses are word lists organised into three levels of difficulty:
- Entry: fewer words, all of which are simpler and more common.
- Core: simple words mixed with some more complex. Designed for the majority of students in your class.
- Exit: harder words, suited to students finishing a unit or needing an extension.
- Drag all your chosen word lists into the Plan space
- If you already have a word list of your own you can add them via the Import word list button.
- In the Assign column, use the drop-down menu to select the group you wish to assign, and then drag the relevant word lists into the space beneath. This automatically assigns the word lists to all students in that group.
- If you want to add a new word to an existing list, simply click the pencil icon next to the name of the word list to edit.
Familiarise students with the range of different activities they can access with each word list. They can choose from:
- Syllable Sushi: a phonics based game that requires them to identify and spell individual syllables.
- Look See Cover Write Check: very useful for memorising individual pieces of vocabulary.
- Word List Workout: a cloze based spelling activity that puts words into context.
Print worksheets for students without device access.
There’s no need to create worksheets for any student who doesn’t have device access at home, because Readiwriter Spelling does this for you.
To get a printable, worksheet version of a word list, just click on the pencil icon next to the relevant word list. From the resulting menu, click Print Worksheets. Readiwriter Spelling then gives you four worksheet options to choose from.
Pro tip: generate multiple worksheets and paste them into a single document which can be printed out as a ‘spelling booklet’. It’s the perfect comprehensive package for any student who doesn’t have reliable access to technology.
Monitor (and celebrate) student progress
With Readiwriter Spelling set up, you can rest a little bit easier knowing that your students’ literacy progress isn’t falling by the wayside. But to make the platform even more powerful, make sure you stay on top of student progress and celebrate the efforts of your class with the Reports function.
Follow these steps to get clear and data-driven insight into your students’ performance:
- Select Reports in the teacher console.
- Click on Results to see an overview of student scores and activity.
- Click on individual students to see the results of all attempted activities, as well as points and certificates.
Pro tip: change the custom date range in Results to cover the entire period students work from home. This will give you a holistic picture of exactly what progress has been made during the time away from school.
You’re all set! But we’d love to keep in touch and hear how you go. If you tag #Readiwriter Spelling or @3PLearning into your social media posts, we’ll get back to you with more tips, tricks, or just join in celebrating your students’ achievements!
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