Mrs. Wright,We are having a discussion on reading fluency. Can you tell us your definition of reading fluency?
According to Reading Rockets. "Fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression" (Reading Rockets.org)
So, when you are listening to your students read, listen to see if they are reading with smoothness and speed. If it is choppy and awkward, these students may need more practice or may be having problems with decoding skills.
When it comes to reading and comprehension, why is fluency so important?
One reason fluency is important to reading and comprehension, is that "it bridges between word recognition and comprehension. They are able to make connections between what they are reading and their own background" (https://mylearningspringboard.com). This leads us to the other reason. Once students are able to comprehend, they will have a better understanding of what the author's tone, theme, or audience may be.
With this information, what types of strategies could you or your students use, either in your classroom or at home to improve reading fluency?
When reading the article by T. Raninski, he gives a few strategies. We can model fluency, do choral readings, or deep (repeated) readings (Supportive Fluency Instruction). These strategies are simple and can be used anytime, anywhere. These can be considered "the building blocks to fluency" ((Supportive Fluency Instruction). What do you think?
Yes. We can explain to the students what the strategies are and how to use them in our class and at home.
Now, together, we can watch our students soar to great heights in reading fluency and comprehension with a few simple steps.