The 7 “R”s of High Impact Literacy: Responsive

#4: RESPONSIVE // Tools and Platforms Drive Proficiency

Effective and efficient literacy instruction is a three way street. The best literacy curriculum doesn’t just consist of interaction between student and technology or between student and teacher. The most effective instruction takes place when both the teachers and the technology adapt and respond to the student’s learning. Teachers can use data to respond to what a student has learned, and advanced adaptive technology can promote mastery of critical skills. As long as teachers and technology are responding to students’ learning in ways that address weaknesses and expand on strengths, instruction will be driven by real-world evidence and individual experience.

Let’s clarify just what we mean by responsive: when students use technology for learning and assessment, their understanding is tracked and synthesized into a digestible format. Teachers can then access that information and use it to inform their instruction, both at a classwide and at an individual level. It’s essentially a conversation between student and teacher about learning needs: except it’s powered by and filtered through the lens of cutting-edge learning science technology. It’s just like the communication that has been passing between students and teachers for centuries: but now, it’s focused enough to quickly and efficiently address the areas of instruction that each student needs the most.

When it comes to literacy instruction, a responsive channel of communication between student, teacher, and technology is key. Learning to read — although many of us take it for granted as fluent adults — is a complex, dynamic, and largely varying process. A single classroom may have a handful of students reading advanced chapter books, and a few still struggling with basic phonics. That’s why teachers need a comprehensive literacy solution that provides them with consistent, tangible, and practical feedback on the status of individual students’ progress.

In order to kickstart this process in your classroom, you need powerful, systematic literacy instruction. Our Literacy is for Life eBook outlines the 7 “R”s of high impact literacy. Click here to download it now.

Sneak Peak // Tip from the Guide:

“Adopt digital adaptive learning platforms that make learning more efficient, and provide greater insights into student’s progress and learning gaps.”
“Select programs that provide opportunities for collaborative activities to boost learning outcomes and enhance social skills.”
“Strive to obtain one-to-one computer access (one device per student), as well as a communications infrastructure that supports speedy internet connections.”

For more tips on how to promote RESPONSIVE practices in literacy and to discover the other 6 “R”s of High Impact Literacy, Click here to download the guide.


To learn more about the capabilities of responsive technology and the future of informed communication, hear from McGraw-Hill SVP of Government Affairs, Heath Morrison:

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