Oh the joys of fluency! Reading with awesome fluency means you have great phrasing, intonation, and automaticity.
I completely agree with Jennifer when she says holding up a stopwatch does not help detemine fluency. In fact (and I might get clobbered for writing this) I think Dibels is hurting fluency rather than helping. Is that just in my school or do others feel this way too? At my last Parent/Teacher Conferences I had a parent ask me how fast her child could read. I told her that her child reads fluently at a level K (which is low for 4th grade, but the student had made improvement). The parent then said, "I don't care what her level is. I want to know if she can read more words than last year." This happens often and is a reason I struggle with Dibels.
Jennifer says, "So instead of a stopwatch, I think you can listen as students read aloud for a running record, and record their pauses and instances of expressive reading. You can then go back to evaluate the number of words in a phrase group, where the pauses were and whether they were syntactically appropriate." I LOVE this!
TOP 3 GOALS
(disclaimer: I like a lot more than three and it was hard to narrow this one down)
4.3 - Use a "This is Interesting" Voice
-I really like the anchor chart that goes with this strategy. I am always telling my students to use their "teacher voice" when they read. In fact, one girl tries her hardest to "read it like Mrs. Crofts would read it" and is always asking her peers if that sounded like Mrs. Crofts. So funny!
4.6 - Punctuation at the End of a Sentence
-Does anyone else have students who MAJORLY stuggle with this one? This is the reason I selected this goal to discuss. About 40% of my students this year struggle with punctuation and read right over the end marks or they stop at the end of the line no matter if there is a period there or not. I have retaught this strategy at least 7 million times this year :) Any suggestions would be very welcome.
4.16 - Read Like a Storyteller
-We use TumbleBooks at my school and my students LOVE it! When we talk about reading like a storyteller, I have them listen to a few books and we jot down things the reader does well and that they can practice. We then get a storybook from the book baskets and practice one of the things we wrote down. We do this with a partner and the partner helps the reader (which is also Goal 4.18). This is FABULOUS practice for fluency.
That wraps up Goal #4! Please, please, let's discuss in the comments (as long as you don't kick me out for not being a huge Dibel fan :)
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