Research shows that fluency has a direct correlation to reading comprehension. Fluency requires practice which struggling readers often try to avoid. This course uses materials, approaches, tools, and strategies that help blend students’ interests with the text they read in order to increase their motivation to practice reading. Educators will gain knowledge and tools to increase students’ fluency with the end result of increased comprehension and the ability to manage academic work loads.
Increasing Fluency is a seven-week course designed to teach educators how to assess student fluency, develop a plan for instruction, monitor fluency, and implement their State Standards to achieve student fluency success. Podcasts and other voice thread tools are used to assess, demonstrate, and practice fluency. Some of the approaches to building fluency that are taught in the course are:
- repeated readings
- partner readings
- graphic organizers building in SSR time throughout the day
- reciprocal teaching
- rapid word recognition charts
- speed reading drills
- Reader’s Theater
This course is appropriate for all professionals in K-12 with an emphasis on remediation students in fourth grade and above.
Graduate Credit: 3 graduate credits is equal to 67.5 PDPs
PDPs: 36 PDPs
Cost for courses varies through which College or University you choose to receive credit.
State Standards used in this course
|Course Session Topic||ELA Curriculum Topics|
|Phonics and Word Recognition||Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.|
|Fluency||Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.