This is the story of how teachers help other teachers understand the importance of fluency instruction in the classroom.
I'm really struggling to incorporate fluency instruction in my classroom. Can you help me?
Of course! Let's start with the basic pillars of fluency. You must focus on accuracy, automaticity, prosody, and comprehension.
Ah! That makes sense. But...how do I put these into action in my own classroom?
Let me explain the terms. Accuracy is the students' ability to decode letters and sounds correctly.Automaticity is "knowing" words and recognizing them automatically. Prosody is how words are expressed orally, such as intonation, tempo, and stress/emphasis. Finally, comprehension is key for students to understand meaning and engage in meaningful interactions with texts.
How great! Can you share a few with me? I'd really appreciate your help.
There are multiple strategies you can use to make fluency instruction fun and engaging for your students.
Readers' Theatre is a great tool for students to adapt text, create meaning, and perform a text as a play. Performing a text requires repeated practice and prosody. Also, this strategy can be adapted to ANY text!
Ooo! That sounds like something I would love to do for my students with the current novel we are studying! What about more general reading strategies?
Those sound easy to implement and very powerful for students' fluency development!
In terms of general reading strategies, take advantage of choral reading by moving from whole group to small group read alouds. Students can mimic what you and their peers model.Also, you can use repeated reading to encourage students to practice automatic recognition of words and patterns.
These strategies make the reading experiences meaningful for my students. I'll make sure to focus on direct vocabulary instruction and strategic collaboration for my CLD students, as well. Thank you so much!
You're welcome. That's the bell! Let me know if you need any examples/model activities. Have a good day!