How did you incorporate the use of the pen into your lesson plan?
As I am a Year 4 teacher I allocated the C-Pen into my guided reading lessons particularly when the children were answering comprehension questions. I used my two dyslexic children as the case study in my class. I passed two C-Pens to a Year 6 teacher who is currently in the process of preparing for SATS he gave the C-Pens to two of his children who will require scribes during SATS.
How much training time did you need to become familiar with the pen?
The children took to the C-Pens straight away. Once they figured out which way to hold them they were fine. Students needed only 1 lesson to get to grips with C-Pen and how it functions.
How long did it take you to use the pen accurately?
It literally took 1 lesson to get the children to understand how to use the pen.
Did you feel confident with the pen and its facilities?
I feel using the C-Pen has not only helped me as a teacher but also helped further enhance the student’s capabilities regarding reading and understanding the comprehension. It has helped me focus on others in class as the children using the C-Pen can be left independent workers. The students using the pens have also been able to understand questions asked and identify the correct answer in the text.
Did you feel the extra time and support some students required was worth the input to overcome the user’s issues?
Definitely, sacrificing a lesson to teach the students how to use the pen has greatly benefitted the student. It has allowed me time to work with other students that sometimes were not given enough attention. In year 6 it has enabled the teacher to work on his students who need that extra push before SATS.
How did you overcome user problems? What strategies did you incorporate to alleviate this?
Once children were taught how to use the C-Pen there were no issues with using the pens.
How often were you required to prompt the students to make use of the pen?
To begin with I had to remind the students to get their C-Pen ready for the lesson nearly every day. After a week the children naturally had their pens ready for the lesson to begin. In year 6 this was the same until eventually the children had everything ready to practice their SATS which included the Pen.
When a student began to make use of the pen without prompting what did you consider had occurred for them?
It was clear to see the children had become independent learners. They were comfortable in their lessons/tests and started to enjoy the reading aspect of their learning as they found it much more accessible to them. It also encouraged others in the class to want to use the Pen.
Which lessons did you anticipate the pens would be used in?
The pens were used in Guided reading in both Year 4 and Year 6 to answer comprehension questions and understand the text. It has also been used in Year 6 practice SATS.
What support does the pen offer to the student from an educational viewpoint?
It enables the student to become independent learners and not heavily reliant on adult support. They can access so much reading related content and it breaks down the barrier of not understanding what a question is asking or misreading what a question is asking.
What support does the pen offer to the student from an emotional and well- being viewpoint?
Again, it enables the student’s confidence to flourish. They have quickly begun to enjoy their reading as they are able to access much more reading content than ever before. They also seem more excited when it comes to reading.
Would you recommend the pen, and if so why?
I would 100% recommend the pen as it offers so much more than a teacher can ever supply. It enables the child a chance to work independently and acts as a 1:1 support when it comes to reading.
Using the pen has been a positive experience and it is easy to use. The pen gave me independence and I enjoyed using the C-Pen, it was really great, and it helped me to break down big words and understand what I was looking for when I used it to read questions to me. We have used the C-Pens in our guided reading lessons. We don’t have to use a teacher anymore to help us read the questions and we like doing it by ourselves. The C-Pen lets us understand what the question is asking and then we can scan the writing to find the answer. Sometimes we have used them to read books that our teacher doesn’t allow, and we can even understand the words in them. I have used them in mock SATS and they help me work by myself and I got better scores than ever before.