Simple recipe...

To stretch gifted and talented students using RM Books

 

 

Ingredients

 

 

  • Delegate credit to teachers for this project. Admin accounts can set teachers a credit limit so you can budget for this study. Teachers won’t actually need much of a limit as most book short rentals are under £1.
  • Train teachers so they know how to approve students’ book requests and allocate books to students.
  • Select your gifted and talented students and create a group within RM Books so that books can be allocated to them efficiently.

Recipe

 

1.   Decide on the approach to use with 
      your gifted and talented students
      regarding RM Books

  • Initially it is important to think about how best to use RM Books with your gifted and talented students. It is essential to give learners opportunities for enrichment and extension by providing relevant engaging titles for them.
  • At St. Julian’s Primary School they wanted their gifted and talented students to become enthusiastic and reflective readers who experienced and responded to a wide range of texts with challenging subject matter. They set up Yr3 MAT reading group and used RM Books to support reading during a book club and at home. Students are given opportunities to choose content appropriate books at more advanced reading ages using filters on RM Books. Children are able to choose fiction & non-fiction books by sending book requests.

 

 

  • A key focus for staff at St Paul’s is to progress their children to the next level, with some reaching level 6 in Literacy before leaving primary school. As the number of students in this gifted cohort varies each year, it is a challenge for St Paul’s to provide relevant engaging resources for these students in the appropriate quantities.  The school already had a strong reading culture, but the students tended to stick to books they knew. RM Books has given them access to books from a wide range of genres, and a more rounded reading experience. Differentiated reading groups within year 6 were setup and gifted and talented students were allocated challenging texts within an appropriate interest age.

2.  Send out logins and show students
     how to choose and request books

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What is especially important to staff at St. Julian’s Primary School is that the reading matter reflects individual pupils’ personal choice. Therefore, students choosing their own titles and requesting a book is essential.

  • Send students their logins. They no doubt discover the offline apps for themselves. This email template will help you do that quickly.
I like using RM Books because there are millions of books to choose from.
Student – St. Julian’s Primary School.

3.   Grant students’ requests promptly
      and positively reinforce

  • You can see students’ book requests by logging in to RM Books and checking the number next to “Book requests” at the top left within “My links”. Click “Book requests” to see the requested books. 
  • Click the “View request” button to see which students have requested each book.
  • Grant a student’s request by then clicking “Allocate” > “Individual person”, start typing the student’s name and select them from the drop-down menu. 
  • Choose “Rental” and pick the appropriate time period from the drop-down menu, typically 7 or 30 days. Click “Allocate now” and “Confirm allocation”, then your student will have the book to read.
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The children are challenged by the extra book selection we can give.
Teacher – St. Paul’s CE Primary School.
  • It’s a great feeling to see requests for books come in from your gifted and talented students so seize the moment and grant those requests quickly. All teachers can grant book requests, so divide the task between you and colleagues so you check and grant requests a few times a day. Ensure you check and grant requests in the evening, as many requests are likely to come in then.
  • It is very motivating for students to be able to set their reading age at a higher level than their chronological age. There is the realisation that they are being challenged and are progressing successfully. Teachers can use the “Reports” usage monitoring screen to check how their gifted and talented students are getting on.
  • Positively reinforce their choice with each student.  
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4.   Integrate reading with their
      programme of speaking,
      listening and writing

  • As well as experiencing a progressively wide range of demanding texts, for enjoyment and information, gifted and talented pupils need to become confident, coherent and engaging speakers, develop as active and responsive listeners, and become competent writers.
  • After reading titles in RM Books, students can discuss and review the books, making recommendations to others based on their personal opinions. They can write book reviews on the books they have read which can be included in school blogs. They can also create their own books, both individually and collectively. 
  • Students in Year 6 at St. Paul’s CE Primary School are set homework through RM Books along with a set of comprehension questions to test their understanding. 

5.   Assess the impact that RM Books
      has had with the students

  • You can easily monitor which students are reading which books and for how long using the “Reports” section of RM Books. Choose “Users” and select your students to see a breakdown. Optionally, if you’ve added these students to a Group, e.g. “Gifted and Talented Yr3”, selecting that group will speed-up finding students. You can export this reading data for your records.
  • This usage reporting is only visible to teachers. You could choose to show students you have these screens and use the data with students in one-to-one discussions or make a fun competition out of the reading stats. 
  • At. St. Paul’s CE Primary School, the teachers are finding that the more information they have on the students’ reading habits, the better they are able to track their reading level and push them to the next. 
  • Getting students to complete a questionnaire about their usage and attitude towards reading ebooks at regular intervals is a great way to assess impact. At St. Julian’s Primary they assessed the impact that RM Books has had and discovered that it stretched and engaged their students fully and motivated those readers who prefer to use technology. It allowed ownership over the books they choose to read, enabling them to reflect and discuss their chosen titles. They were introduced to the concept of writing blogs and were involved in making books of their own. Finally, they were given opportunities to develop higher order reading skills, through discussion and group work. 
I want to stretch my more able students using ICT.
James Sawtell, Teacher, St. Paul’s CE Primary School

Further inspiration and positively reinforce