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2 Developing Reading Fluency with Technology IRA National Conference Toronto, Canada Monday - 05/14/07 3:00pm Alanna J. Shevak Elizabeth A. Wolzak

3 Session Overview 1. Introduction 2. Reading Fluency 3. Cross-Aged Reading in Action 4. Technology Integration 5. Closure and Questions/Answers

4 Definition Reading fluency refers to the ability of readers to read quickly, effortlessly, and efficiently with good, meaningful expression. -- Rasinski (2003)

5 Rationale Bridge between word recognition and comprehension Focus on comprehension not decoding Effortless and fun Sounds natural

6 Reading Fluency Through Modeling Student- Adult Peer to Peer (Paired) Cross- Aged -- Rasinski, T. (2003)

7 Cross-Aged Reading in Action Opportunities to hear different texts Exposure to new vocabulary Model voices in head when reading Motivating and fun! )

8 Cross-Aged Reading in Action Preparing for Paired Reading: Prepare both students Practice reading behaviors Choose books together Have a test run

9 Cross-Aged Reading in Action Reading Buddies – Anna

10 Your schools literacy specialist has helped teachers in your school set up a cross-age reading program. Your fifth-grade class is paired with a kindergarten class. When you send a letter to parents to tell them about the program, one parent tells you that he thinks it will be a waste of his fifth graders time. What arguments and evidence can you present to this parent? Cross-Aged Reading in Action

11 Technology Integration A model of fluent oral reading; On-demand or automated help; Visual highlighting; Beginning readers can read more independently; Assessment tools for teachers. -- NEIRTEC (2004)

12 Technology Integration with PBS Interactive stories Sing-Along Word Games Supporting ELLs

13 PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection Breakthrough service for literacy coaches that includes: Online tools to support coaches and teachers; Resources in a comprehensive resource library; Coaching resources focusing on teaching literacy; Suggestions for how teachers and coaches can collaborate to meet their students individual needs.

14 Novel Resources for Literacy Coaches: Resource Sets Selected assets from courses that are topic/subject related Purposefully selected assets not just a collection Guidelines and suggestions on how coaches can use assets with teachers Guidelines categorized by coaching purpose Ability for coaches to assign assets directly to teachers

15 Coaching Suggestions Understanding national standards Deepening teacher content knowledge Understanding student thinking and how students learn Understanding specific strategies for improving classroom practice Selecting instructional materials Building skills for integrating technology Communicating with family

16 Resource Set Sample Modeling Strategies for Oral Reading Fluency: Read Alouds and Paired Reading

17 Where can you learn more? RDLA 195: Teaching Reading Fluency Brings an online learning community together Offers opportunities for learners to construct their own knowledge Explores the benefits and challenges of teaching reading fluency Offers tools to integrate reading fluency in substantial, meaningful ways in the classroom Provides practice in assessing and measuring students reading fluency.

18 Where can you learn more? Please take a Session Handout with all the resources and URLS from our presentation! Please visit our booth to learn more about PBS TeacherLine

19 Questions? We have answers! Elizabeth A. Wolzak Senior Manager, Instructional Design Alanna J. Shevak Language Arts Consultant


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