RE 5040 Fall 2011
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MaryBeth
grouping/WPM
Tue Nov 29, 2011 08:58
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Thanks Marlee! I love your idea of sending home a book of Mother Goose poems with Kindergarten students. It seems like children aren't exposed to nursery rhymes as much as they used to be, and that would be a great way for students to learn them.

The reason why we paired the students in a homogenous group was simply because of their reading levels. Randi's students were reading at such different reading levels, that we felt it was best to give each group a poem on their instructional reading level. We wanted to make sure the poem wasn't too easy or too difficult for the students to optimize their learning, similar to the way we might conduct a guided reading group. I would imagine you could find poems that are appropriate for multiple levels of students, which would be more accommodating to a heterogeneous group or even an entire class.

About your WPM question...Yes! I think you are exactly right. We specifically chose not to tell students to read quickly, fearing that they would try to read too quickly and forget expression. Instead, we focused on prompting them to read with expression and smoothness, and because they were working hard on this, I think it did effect their WPM. When the students were reading the assessment books that we calculated WPM from, some of them turned the pages slowly and were commenting on the pictures and the story. Even though this likely slowed down their WPM, we were proud of them for showing interest in the story!

Thanks for the insightful comments!

  • Fluency - Marlee Wright, Mon Nov 28 22:25
    I enjoyed your presentation - in fact, I have watched it several times! I particularly liked the strategy of a poetry book. I have used that with my kindergartners, using the Mother Goose poems, and... more
    • grouping/WPM - MaryBeth, Tue Nov 29 08:58
      • WPM - Marlee Wright, Tue Nov 29 22:29
        I like the fact that you valued the appreciation and enjoyment the children exhibited with their reading. I think that sometimes we push them so hard for fluency...or speed...that we really lose the... more
        • sounds like the good old days - koppenhaverd, Sun Dec 4 11:17
          I remember teaching when WPM wasn't the instructional goal and more folks could do exactly what you suggest Marlee. Now you sometimes have to close your door and whisper to teach well. My hat is off... more
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RE 5040 Fall 2011