My project has started with excitement! I’ve been using my iPhone Voice recorder as a simple tool for fluency. Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately, quickly, and with expression. Fluency is important because it provides a bridge between word recognition and comprehension.
When fluent readers read silently, they recognize words automatically. They group words quickly to help them gain meaning from what they read.
The students who see me for reading and comprehension assistance range from Grade 2-5 and we practise a number of reading strategies….
- Try not to read so fast!
- Remember to stop at the end of your sentence and take a breath.
- Try not to read like a robot.
- Did you hear what you just read? Did that even make sense?
BORING right!?…. and I sound like a broken record…
So I’ve been putting these fluency strategies into practise by listening to ourselves read! This simple technology piece added to the lesson has increased their engagement and willingness to try new things and to also laugh at our own mistakes.
Becoming a Digital Citizen requires all of us (teachers, students and parents) to step out of our comfort zones, try new things, make mistakes and take steps towards learning WITH technology, not against it.
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