Literacy Blog: Fluency

Fluency –The ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression [1]. “In order to understand what they read, children must be able to read fluently whether they are reading aloud or silently” (Reading Rockets, 2017). Students who do not read with fluency may need more practice with decoding, speed, and smoothness in reading. It is an essential skill that teachers must include in their literacy instruction.

In the course, Reading Interventions for Struggling Readers (EDRD 4200), we’ve discussed many strategies for teaching fluency skills to students. I worked with a group in developing a lesson plan based around these skills. Our lesson is shown below [2]:

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In this lesson, we focused on reading at a “just right” pace through modeling, repeated readings, and sharing. “The repeated reading is not aimed at improving reading speed, but in being able to engage in an oral reading that an audience will find meaningful and satisfying” (Rasinski, 2012). By practicing repeated readings with a partner, then demonstrating their reading skills in front of an audience through the share, this performance provides students with an authentic reason for repeated readings [3].

Creating this lesson and discussing strategies with my peers has expanded my knowledge of fluency, its importance, and related instructional strategies [4]. Specifically, one new idea I discovered is the “share” activity. One of my peers practices this a lot in her classroom, and it involves students choosing a page from a book that they are comfortable reading, then “performing” their skills in front of the class. Afterward, other students may give compliments on what they noticed. This is something I have not seen done before and would like to try it in my classroom. I think it is a good opportunity for students to celebrate their learning and practice their oral reading skills.

There are so many ways fluency practice can become a daily routine in the classroom. This will greatly benefit students in their reading journey by teaching them essential skills that will lead to increased reading level, higher comprehension, and improved confidence about reading [5]. My goals for the future include trying out new ideas and activities (like the share) in the classroom that are based on growing fluency skills [6]. As I continue with my internship, research, and collaborate with my peers, I aim to discover even more about fluency.

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References

Fluency. (2017, February 13). http://www.readingrockets.org/helping/target/fluency

Rasinski, T. (2012). Why Reading Fluency Should be Hot! The Reading Teacher, Vol. 65, Issue 8. International Reading Association.

 

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