The Student Practice Experience

The article below gives a visual tour of the student practice experience. Use this article to familiarize yourself with Amira Practice, plan ahead to use Amira Practice to set goals, and think about how you will introduce it to students and families. Try out our slide deck template (make a copy or download to revise) to introduce Amira Practice (or Assessment) to students.

Logging in

1. HMH Customers (beginning August 1, 2020) will launch into Amira via Ed.

NOTE: International Customers will continue to have staff and students login via https://www.amiratutor.com/ and type their username and password.


2. The first time an account accesses Amira on a device, the browser asks for permission to access the microphone. Click Allow.

Note: See the Enable Your Microphone articles for browser specific steps for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge.

3. Click Let’s do it when Amira finishes loading to launch the session. 

Note: If this is the first time Amira has been accessed on a machine, Amira may take several minutes to load. If Amira takes more than 5 minutes to load, you might want to check the Get Your Device Ready specifications to see if the device and browser version are supported. There is also a Technical Support phone number and email on the website.


4. Choose Read a story to practice reading aloud with Amira.

After the first saved reading, the student will be presented with a list of stories to choose from when they select Read a story. 

Amira Practice Video

During the student practice experience, Amira listens to students read and provides micro-interventions as feedback along the way.  At the end of the session, Amira may ask story related questions and report student reading progress in terms of speed and accuracy.  

  • Watch this video for another example of what Amira Practice may look like.  This student is in Kindergarten.
  • Use these resources to plan ahead for Amira Practice Online support. Students may enjoy keeping sticker charts at home for stories read, coloring a bar graph for first and second readings of a story using WCPM, or keeping a picture journal about their favorite story each day.



Amira Practice

Amira is listening and responding while students read.  Students may notice different behaviors that are explained below:

Cursor Movement

As the child reads aloud, a cursor will move across the text and the color of the text will change from black to grey.

  • If the cursor under the word isn’t moving or keeping up, encourage your student to continue reading. Amira is recording the reading in the background.
  • If the cursor seems to get stuck, visit the Home Support website Frequently Asked Questions section for tips for troubleshooting.

Prompting

As Amira provides help (we call them “micro-interventions”), she encourages the child to follow the directions which may include:

  • listening to the word
  • saying the sounds
  • moving red balls to make sounds
  • saying or repeating the word

For a more complete list of micro-interventions visit the Home Support website FAQ - How Does Amira Help? article. Keep in mind that Amira is not evaluating the students response after the micro-interventions. She provides the prompts and expects the student to follow along.

Answer Story Questions / Complete Cloze Sentences

At the end of some stories, Amira may prompt students to complete cloze (fill-in the blank) sentences or story questions to demonstrate their understanding.

  • Encourage the student to read and answer the questions.  
  • It is okay to assist with the questions but allow your student to read and make their best guess for the answers.  
  • Amira will prompt the student if they make a mistake.

Saving

Make sure the student finishes the story they are reading before moving on to another activity.  

  • Only completed stories are “saved” for the teacher and for leveling purposes.


Amira will display a report of reading progress at the end of each story. As the teacher, these sessions can be viewed from the Progress Report.


See Progress

Amira will show progress in terms of speed (words read correctly in a minute - WCPM) and accuracy for the most recent story read. 

  • The goal is to read with 95% accuracy to make sure the student reads well enough to be able to focus on the meaning of the text. Your student can re-read stories to improve accuracy.
  • Speed may vary as story leveling adapts to your student’s reading.  It is expected that speed scores will differ from story to story.

Goals

Amira Practice is shown to have the best impact on growth with students who practice throughout the week for 30-60 minutes.  

  • 1 story a day is a great starting point as story lengths vary (3-10 minutes per story based on the student's level)
  • 10-15 minutes daily would be the maximum.

 

Next Steps 

To learn more about the support families receive for Amira Practice Online, visit the Support for Families page.

 

To learn more about viewing student sessions or analyzing progress as a Teacher, visit the Support for Teachers page, Practice section.


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