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Skype visits improve test scores

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on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 in StoryMagician
     Evidently, it's true!  Early this month, Tina Riley, the Technology Integration Specialist for Roane County, West Virginia, called me with exciting news.  Students being computer graded on pre-tests had dramatically increased their scores after my skype visit and Tina's preparation of writing prompts.  Those computer graded tests rate from 0-6.  One boy, who before had little interest in writing, got all 5's and a girl, who before had gotten 3's and 4's, got a 6 in sentence structure.  Tina believes my sharing how I take notes, encouraging them, and the Roar of a Snore prompt all helped the students.  This made my week!  Here's what Tina wrote me:

Participating in the Skype an Author activity with Marsha Diane Arnold has been a wonderful experience for all of us.  I shared with Mrs. Arnold a plan of action to help my students in grades 2 through 5 think more deeply about their writing skills and strategies.  Through this experience, Marsha provided information about her personal writing strategies, being an author, developing pre-writing skills, and researching.  The students also were provided with writing prompts.  Marsha challenged them to write a sequel to her Roar of a Snore.  Roar of a Snore 2!  It sparked them to new heights with their writing skills and desire.  We actually created a writing prompt using Roar of a Snore in a program which assesses the students on content and grammar.  The teachers shared delightful news about seeing a marked improvement.  This opportunity helped students get focused on writing, and they enjoyed it!

Tina Riley – Technology Integration Specialist, Roane County Schools, WV

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