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AMP (Accelerating Maximum Potential) Reading Intervention

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Practitioner Expert Background

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.

Logistics

Training
  • Training was positive and effective
Set-up/preparation
  • Preparation consists of reading through each lesson and tweaking it to meet own teaching style.

Student Engagement

  • 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.

Content

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

Strengths:
  • Highly researched
  • 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
Challenges:
  • Content and structure remains the same throughout most of the curriculum.
  • Teachers are expected to stick closely to the direction provided.


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