This AMP reviewer has a Masters of Education in both Reading Education and Curriculum and Instruction. She has been a classroom teacher for over ten years and a reading specialist for five years. For the past two years, she has used AMP on a daily basis with seventh grade classrooms. Her 35 students enter the AMP classroom reading 1 - 2.5 grades below their current grade level. These students are of multiple income levels and racial backgrounds, and several are English language learners.
Training was positive and effective
Preparation consists of reading through each lesson and tweaking it to meet own teaching style.
Teacher's guide provides a paragraph on "engagement" at the beginning of each lesson, encouraging teachers to think about how to best engage students in the lesson.
Students have mixed reactions to the structure of the curriculum. Reaction is most positive when students are allowed to work in pairs or small groups.
Students are most drawn to the topics of the stories.
Adaptability to instructor needs
Lessons are highly prescribed. This allows teachers to spend more time working with individual students.
Structure allows teachers to focus on how they are delivering the program.
General skills taught
AMP is "a program of mastery." Students who use it become more confident in their skills.
Some books have topics that contain messages and ideas that may teach valuable lessons to students, such as overcoming adversity and encouraging a desire to learn.
Addressing diverse student needs
Supplemental materials for English language learners are built in to the curriculum.
Student guidebook is colorful, attractive, skin tones of characters meets the diversity of the students.
Focus on non-fiction content seems appealing and accessible to students of all backgrounds.
Strengths and Challenges
Teaches in a systematic and structured fashion.
Variety of book topics allow you to integrate it into different content areas
High interest themes
Builds confidence in students
Teacher self-evaluation at end of each unit provides teachers a chance to reflect on how they have done
Content and structure remains the same throughout most of the curriculum.
Teachers are expected to stick closely to the direction provided.