Adjusting for learning needs
As an experienced educator, you will be looking to make the best use of the TTRS program as you match your lesson plans to the needs and interests of each of your learners.
The Copy typing option (within the user console Settings) can be set to "on" or "off".
When set to "on" (the default), the learner types beneath the line of text. The "off" position sees the student over-typing the line of type, which changes colour as they go.
Copy typing on (default)
Copy typing off:
This over-type option allows the student to focus on the words they are typing, rather than having to shift their eyes between the rows. It can be useful where you feel extra reinforcement of the spelling image is needed.
Remember and repeat
When switched to "on", Remember and Repeat replicates the standard classroom spelling strategy Read Cover Write Check. A student types a word, it disappears and they immediately type it again from memory, benefitting from the extra repetition.
It is recommended that this feature is used when a student reaches words that they are finding particularly difficult to spell.
The dictation modules are designed to reinforce learning. However, you may decide in isolated cases that a student will be best served by turning off this feature for selected modules.
To do this, go to the appropriate modules list within the Levels section of the user’s console. Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to highlight the module from which the dictation will be removed, and then press the D key.
Re-visiting previous modules
It’s sometimes difficult for students to gauge their progress realistically and if they are having a bad day it can help to re-visit previous modules (from the Levels section of the user console).
Their confidence can be boosted as they can see the improvement in their accuracy and speed when compared to their first attempt at the module.
Viewing word lists
Students who lack confidence or don’t like surprises might choose to study new words before they type them.
This can be done in in the Levels section. Simply select the module to be viewed, and then click View Lines.
Type "1" to hear a word read out, "2" to play 3 words at a time, and "4" to hear the entire line.
The TTRS program is under constant review and development, so you’ll never be short of useful features to tailor the course to match the learning needs of every student.