Varied Practice is a schedule of practice in which the content and/or context of the practice is varied during the practice trials. It stands in sharp contrast to block practice, which focuses on the same skill and or context during each practice trial. Some researchers have seen varied practice as a means of promoting deeper understanding of the categories of "problems" or situations students encounter in a given domain. Students develop an understanding of the system underlying the skill to be learned, rather than just the skill itself.
Practice within Access Code is varied in several ways:
Content Variation - The content of each unit focuses on a several related but different grapheme-phoneme pairs. Practice tasks help students to observe the similarities and differences between categories of related phoneme-grapheme pairs.
Context Variation - The content in each unit is presented in several different contexts. Each level within a unit provides practice tasks that help students identify contexts that do and do not change the targeted phoneme-grapheme relationships. In addition, within each unit students examine phoneme-grapheme pairs in the context of single syllable words, multi-syllabic words and in phrases.
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