How to Boost Reading Fluency during Remote Learning

Like many other educators, I’ve been missing my students greatly and have been trying to wrap my head around providing quality specialized intervention instruction during distance learning and remote instruction.

Most of my students have goals in the area of reading fluency. During the school year we used a variety of strategies to increase their fluency. One of our most effective strategies was Repeated Reading. In the Repeated Reading strategy, students read the same short passage of text several times, improving with each time they read. Repeated Reading has been shown to improve decoding automaticity, phrasing, comprehension, rate and confidence.

Now here’s the exciting part! I’ve made a YouTube playlist, Fun with Fluency, which uses the Repeated Reading strategy with various poems leveled from 1st grade through 3rd grade. These are perfect to share with parents and students for at-home learning opportunities and only take about 5 minutes! I share the links in my Google Classroom and sent them home in my weekly emails to parents. Subscribe to our Astute Hoot YouTube channel to be notified when new videos are posted each week. Here are a few of my recent Repeated Reading videos:

3rd grade level text: I Am a Snail

2nd grade level text: Penguins

1st grade level text: A Wise Old Owl

To ensure appropriate scaffolds are provided and students stay engaged and motivated, I use a variety of ways to read the text during our repeated readings.

1st Read = Teacher reads the text aloud to student, modeling appropriate accuracy, phrasing and rate, while students silently follow along.

2nd Read = Teacher and student(s) chorally read the passage together, following the teacher’s pace.

3rd Read = Student silently and independently reads the passage. Opportunity to clarify confusing words is provided after the silent read is completed.

4th Read = Student and a partner take turns reading the passage aloud to each other.

When we finally get back into our school buildings, I plan to use these videos during reading centers for consistent use of the repeated reading strategy.

For more information, check out Reading Rockets: Everything You Wanted to Know About Repeated Reading.