RE 5040 Fall 2011
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beasleycm
Reply to Ruth Ann
Sat Dec 3, 2011 11:11
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Each strategy proved to work throughout the study. I use echo and choral reading during whole group instruction. Reader's theater is however the most liked among students. I believe this is because it doesn't feel like "work" to them. They are engaged and having fun while improving their reading skills. I also use this strategy during whole group instruction. It is more complicated than using it during small group instruction, but it does work.

  • Re: Sarah Atkins/Carla Beasley - Ruth Ann Timmons, Mon Nov 28 23:40
    Great presentation! It looks like both of you provided your students with a great deal of reading, sharing, and growing opportunities during this research. Fluency is something that practice seems to ... more
    • Reply to Ruth Ann - beasleycm, Sat Dec 3 11:11
      • increasing reading fluency intensity - koppenhaverd, Sun Dec 4 11:50
        One of the principles of RTI is to provide increased intensity to students who require something more than classmates (e.g., the kids in this study who were struggling with fluency). One way the... more
    • Reply to Ruth Ann - atkinssh, Tue Nov 29 16:19
      Thanks, Ruth Ann! My students definitely loved the Readers' Theater. They really got into it. I believe that was their favorite. I think that each of the strategies were effective and can be useful... more
      • reading levels - Ruth Ann Timmons, Wed Nov 30 00:36
        It is a challenge to find reading passages for Readers' Theater for my kindergarten students. I know there has to be some out there. When using echo reading and choral reading strategies, I too often ... more
    • comprehension - Ruth Ann Timmons, Tue Nov 29 00:12
      I know your focus was on improving fluency but I wondered if you noticed any improvement in comprehension as your students became more comfortable with the readings?
      • Reply to Ruth Ann - atkinssh, Wed Nov 30 00:15
        I was able to notice some improvement with comprehension with both groups of my students after Readers' Theater. Students had six opportunities to practice the text, reading silently, as well as... more
        • seeing comprehension - Ruth Ann Timmons, Wed Nov 30 12:13
          Wow, you are right. Even without formally assessing comprehension, it sounds like your students gave a great deal of both verbal and visual cues that indicated they were in fact understanding what... more
          • Reply to Ruth Ann - beasleycm, Sat Dec 3 11:14
            I saw improvement in comprehension after each strategy was used. However, it improved the most after reader's theater. Students were able to explain questioning more than what they had previously... more
            • Re: Reply to Ruth Ann - Ruth Ann Timmons, Tue Dec 6 16:47
              Sounds like another reason why reader's theater is a strategy worth implementing.
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RE 5040 Fall 2011