ERIC Number: ED339013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
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Let's Prepare--Not Repair--Our At Risk Students.
Merrell, Jean Groves
Project Earlybird assists at-risk students to anticipate the upcoming classwork and be ready for the lessons when the teacher presents them. The project is a before/after school program in which elementary students in grades 2 through 5 are given extra help with reading, mainly using computers. Elements of the program include: (1) raising students' self-esteem by allowing them special privileges with computers; (2) establishing an informal atmosphere as students learn new vocabulary, learn to use the word processor, practice keyboarding, and make banners and signs for themselves and the faculty; (3) keeping track of reading progress using a computer management system; (4) sending parents informational newsletters; (5) using a teacher-made series of home activities; (6) using volunteer senior citizen and grandparent listeners; and (7) having "celebrity" readers read to students. Project Earlybird prepares students for their lessons rather than "repairing" them with remediation after tests are taken. (A copy of a 3-panel brochure describing the program is attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reading Management
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (36th, Las Vegas, NV, May 6-10, 1991).