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Emily Fox
Thu Nov 20, 2014 19:37

Very well-organized and thorough presentation, ladies! :) Your visuals were a great aid in understanding what was happening in your classrooms. I felt that your entire project was very intentional, with all of the changes you made throughout. I thought it was a very good idea to reformat the book so that they had to pay attention to punctuation. It was also thoughtful (and I'm sure, time-consuming) for you to add the picture cues for context. The student surveys after listening to themselves read was a neat idea! I might have to steal that idea for my own classroom! From your positive results, it is evident that your thorough planning and intentional changes paid off. You mentioned that you questioned whether most kids enjoying the reading racetrack the most meant that it was the most enjoyable, or whether it was the most effective. I would think, due to the great success in word knowledge and fluency, it the question doesn't really seem to matter much. Great job ladies. I enjoyed it!

  • Melissa and Laura's presentation - koppenhaverd, Sun Nov 16 13:18
    Discuss Melissa and Laura's presentation here. Have a true discussion. Ask them questions or make comments about their presentation. Compare their work to your own research or teaching experience.... more
    • Presentation - Candie Hedrick, Fri Nov 28 16:20
      I think you both did a wonderful job on your presentation. During the reading clinic, I never used the race track. I think now after hearing about you using it that I will probably use it in my... more
    • Re: Melissa and Laura's presentation - Anonymous, Wed Nov 26 21:16
      Your presentation was really interesting to me because I have always been curious about fluency. The instruction that both of you implemented into the classroom seemed to really help with the... more
      • Previous Post - Kasey Gaines, Wed Nov 26 21:18
        Sorry that last post was from me. I forgot to add my name!
    • Re: Melissa and Laura's presentation - Tracy Cornacchio, Tue Nov 25 11:35
      I really liked all of your graphs showing the beginning scores compared to the end scores because it really showed your students growth as a visual. I noticed your students were 1st and 2nd graders... more
      • future - Laura Hansen, Tue Nov 25 18:47
        I think once they have good accuracy, repeated readings that include charting rates will be helpful.
        • Rates - Candie Hedrick, Fri Nov 28 16:29
          I used to teach 1st grade. I had some students with fluency problems. Once the student did have good accuracy, I would find a book he/she was very interested in and we would do one minute timings... more
          • Fluency and Tracking - sellewc, Sun Nov 30 08:30
            I liked your intervention strategies and noticed that they were very similar in concept to our project: increasing fluency through speed and accuracy. I believe that I could use some of your... more
        • Re: future - Tracy cornacchio, Tue Nov 25 19:22
          It sounds like you have a good plan to help your students in reading!
    • teaching - Stacy, Sun Nov 23 18:56
      My question is for both of you. In what ways will this intentional way of teaching impact how you move forward? I know that one of you has younger children and the other older, but how will this... more
      • Impact - Laura Hansen, Sun Nov 23 20:49
        Stacy, For me, it was very helpful to see not just teaching sight words in isolation but connected those sight words within connected text. This is something that I plan to continue throughout my... more
        • inspiration - Stacy, Tue Nov 25 15:48
          I have been doing the word cards with my students. However, you guys have inspired me to be a bit more purposeful in making sure that the students can see the same types of patterns in their reading... more
          • sight words in context - Emily Fox, Tue Nov 25 19:51
            Sight words in context was something that stood out to me in one of the last few videos we had to watch for our other class with Dr. Ward. In the past, I had simply thought of sight words as... more
      • driving instruction - Melissa Boyd, Sun Nov 23 20:44
        I think that targeting words before reading, even with students reading on or above grade level, will put them more at ease when reading the text (especially the first read). I try to point out words ... more
        • Reminder - Stacy, Mon Nov 24 07:13
          I agree. I think that it reminds me that I still have some control over dealing with the academic issues that arise in my classroom. This gives me a tool to isolate a problem and document the things... more
        • targeting words - Laura Hansen, Sun Nov 23 20:57
          I agree that teaching the targeted words seemed to help make the students more comfortable in the text especially if they know that they are going to encounter those words in the reading. I think... more
          • Target Words - Candie Hedrick, Fri Nov 28 16:50
            This is something I need to be sure I am doing with each of my groups. I can see how this would benefit students' reading fluency.
          • preteaching vocab - Stacy, Tue Nov 25 08:35
            Have you ever heard of Ex-CELL. These great ladies from California have designed a process through their studies in doctoral work about ELLs and learning to read. Most of what they developed regards... more
            • Ex-CELL - Laura Hansen, Tue Nov 25 18:57
              I think you shared something about this for another class. But other than what you shared, I am unfamiliar with this particular method of pre-teaching vocabulary. Sounds interesting.
    • Re: Melissa and Laura's presentation - Ashley Pennell, Sun Nov 23 12:46
      Great job on your presentation! It is obvious that your research design was well thought out and implemented. I like that you allowed picture support for your accuracy readings since this is a... more
      • flash and research - Laura Hansen, Sun Nov 23 21:23
        Ashley, Great questions. As per Dr. Koppenhaver's suggestion, we used a double click (or in our case a triple click) on the Power Point presentation to create a flash presentation which he also said... more
        • RE: flash and accuracy rates - sellewc, Sun Nov 30 08:34
          Do you think that the flash activity helped more with accuracy? You seemed to hint at that as being more effective than with speeding up their rates. In our study, we focused on accuracy before speed ... more
        • Flash - Ashley Pennell, Mon Nov 24 19:48
          That is great that you were able to create a flash presentation on powerpoint! I have used the online flash that Amie showed us (ASU's flash created for Forsyth Country Day School) with my 1st... more
      • Q&A - Melissa Boyd, Sun Nov 23 15:25
        I am sure that students had encountered these words in text before our study. Pre-assessments revealed that they were struggling with these words. Students practiced these words with the racetrack... more
        • Frustration - Ashley Pennell, Sun Nov 23 21:11
          I, too, understand your frustration..we are asked to assess fluency when the majority of our students (first graders) are still not automatic. It is hard to find a balance between what we know to be... more
          • Patience is key - Melissa Boyd, Mon Nov 24 18:05
            I think we just have to remember that if we skip important steps, we leave holes in the foundation, and then fluency and ultimately comprehension suffers. We have to be comfortable with the fact that ... more
            • AGREED - Ashley Pennell, Mon Nov 24 20:18
              I wholeheartedly agree! I hope more teachers will adopt this perspective and do what's best for their students, rather than doing what boosts their scores. For example, I despise hearing teachers... more
    • next steps - catheyt, Sun Nov 23 11:21
      Great presentation ladies! I particularly liked the changes you made for week 4. A challenge that I face with my kindergarten students is them memorizing the text. I like that you put all of the text ... more
      • Level Growth - Laura Hansen, Sun Nov 23 21:33
        I was not trained on mClass and therefore am unable to assess them for their true benchmark data. I will say however, that I have moved that whole group on to a level C for instructional purposes as... more
        • update on level growth - Laura Hansen, Tue Nov 25 17:58
          According to his classroom teacher, one of the participants Carl, was able to read a level D with 97% accuracy! Ella has since moved to the life skills (extend 1) curriculum and they do not use... more
      • next steps - Melissa Boyd, Sun Nov 23 15:33
        Changing the format of the text forced students to attend to each word instead of memorizing lines or sentences. Finger-point reading also increased with this change in format. My students have moved ... more
    • Oral Reading Accuracy - hodgete, Sat Nov 22 09:56
      Interesting about the thoughts on their ability to read fluently with punctuation. The books on a kindergarten level do have typically only one sentence on each page so it is hard to judge if they... more
      • Text format - Laura Hansen, Sun Nov 23 21:37
        It was very interesting to see what happened when we put the book onto a single page and formatted the text in such a way that really asked students to attend to punctuation. I think that this is a... more
        • re: text format - hodgete, Tue Nov 25 19:28
          I really think I'm going to do this with my Kinders. Thanks for the idea!
    • Accuracy vs. Rate - Rachel Yakey, Sat Nov 22 07:49
      Great presentation! The graphs were wonderful in understanding the results you both found. One thing that you mentioned was that you found your students were more concerned with reading accurately... more
      • higher levels - Laura Hansen, Sun Nov 23 21:45
        I think that you could modify and use these interventions with 3rd grade level text. I really think that targeting specific words and giving them practice with those before the reading really helped... more
      • accuracy vs. rate - Melissa Boyd, Sun Nov 23 15:40
        I do think more grown-up versions of these interventions would be useful. Maybe something that was more competitive or even have them chart/graph their growth. Do you record their reading and let... more
        • Read Alouds - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 16:41
          You bring up a very good point, Melissa, about our students hearing enough "good reading". When I had a block schedule (120 minutes) for ELA I always did a read aloud and my students loved it. It was ... more
          • Models and Rubrics - Laura Hansen, Sun Nov 23 21:55
            Rachel, I am an avid audiobook listener. I love listening to the narration of a story and got excited when I read your idea of students rating various readings and I think it would be incredibly... more
            • Multidimensional Fluency Rubric - Ashley Pennell, Mon Nov 24 19:43
              We just discussed the subjectivity of using a scale to rate prosody, specifically Rasinski's scale, in Dr. Trathen's class this past Saturday. We even practiced "rating" the different areas of... more
              • Re Rubric - Rachel Yakey, Tue Nov 25 10:13
                It what ways would you modify it, since you are familiar with the rubric.
            • Rasinski's - Rachel Yakey, Mon Nov 24 07:16
              Laura, that is a great idea. I had thought to use people other than my students reading because I didn't want to embarrass anyone. Is that something I can get online or do you have a copy of it?
              • Rasinski - Melissa Boyd, Mon Nov 24 17:50
                Rachel--just google Rasinski's Four Point Fluency Rubric.
                • Re Melissa - Rachel Yakey, Tue Nov 25 10:14
                  Thank you!
          • read alouds - Melissa Boyd, Sun Nov 23 18:42
            i try to read aloud as much as possible. I also have books on CD in a literacy station. On Fridays we have a mystery reader (parent, grandparent, school employee, community volunteers, etc) that read ... more
    • Response - Emily Fox, Thu Nov 20 19:37
    • Re: Melissa and Laura's presentation - kimeljk, Wed Nov 19 11:33
      Melissa and Laura, I love your wordle visual you used with buzz words from your study. Was there a reason you focused on targeted word practice for your fluency intervention besides what was found in ... more
      • Q & A - Laura Hansen, Sun Nov 23 22:03
        I think we landed on using targeted word practice because we noticed that many of students lacked automatic word recognition of many basic sight words. We wanted to find a way to target sight words... more
      • presentation - Melissa Boyd, Sun Nov 23 15:48
        My students did love the racetrack activity. I do think it made sight word practice less painful. I think the positive results were due to a combination of the interventions. My students did not seem ... more
        • Re: presentation - kimeljk, Tue Nov 25 13:44
          Melissa, Thanks for your response, that's fantastic that you have found an activity like racetracks that students enjoy that is also an appropriate intervention for them as well! I wonder if it's... more
    • Thoughts - Susan Gibson, Tue Nov 18 20:08
      What a great presentation! I thought you were very thorough and clearly explained your study. It was very easy to visualize what was happening during your intervention. Your data displays really... more
      • Questions - Laura Hansen, Sun Nov 23 22:06
        I do think that you could modify the intervention and use level appropriate high frequency words with your students. These interventions were part of the student's small group service time with me... more
        • Extra Intervention - Susan Gibson, Mon Nov 24 17:58
          I knew this was an additional intervention time for you. But reading what you said hit me and I have an EC student who really struggles with his sight word vocabulary. I am going to have to pass... more
          • condensed intervention - Laura Hansen, Mon Nov 24 20:17
            Susan, I can e-mail you the checklists that we used each week. We found those very helpful throughout our interventions.
            • Email - Susan Gibson, Mon Nov 24 21:24
              That would be great! Thanks so much!
              • e-mail - Laura Hansen, Tue Nov 25 18:32
                Sent it. Let me know if you don't get it or if there is anything else I can help with. I also included a modified version of the reading fluency checklist students used. Modification was simply... more
      • thoughts - Melissa Boyd, Sun Nov 23 15:56
        I was able to conduct this study during reading group time. I understand about losing assistance in your classroom. They loved the racetrack activity. You might try it with your third graders and see ... more
        • reading group time - Susan Gibson, Mon Nov 24 17:56
          That is good to hear that you did it in your reading group. Currently I am using fluency sight word pyramids to help build my students' sight word vocabulary in context. My students really love them... more
          • Sight Word Pyramids - Candie Hedrick, Fri Nov 28 20:48
            Susan, If you would, I would love to see the sight word pyramids you are using in your class. Candie
          • Fluency pyramids - Laura Hansen, Tue Nov 25 18:34
            Susan, I would love to see the sight word pyramids you are using. They sound really neat!
            • Fluency Pyramids - Susan Gibson, Wed Nov 26 12:11
              I will email them to you. I really love them so far and I can see a big improvement of my students fluency with sight words and just in general.
    • Presentation Response - Ashley Carter, Tue Nov 18 17:35
      I enjoyed your presentation and felt that I got a very true understanding of what you were working to accomplish. Your data was displayed very clearly and I was impressed by how your results were so... more
    • Effects of Repeated Readings - noltja 65, Mon Nov 17 20:05
      Well done presentation! It was very thorough and your data displays perfectly showed the progress that your students have made. Congrats on your successful outcomes. I love that your students... more
      • Checklist - Laura Hansen, Sun Nov 23 22:16
        Melissa and I brainstormed together to develop the checklist as part of our study. I had not previously used that checklist. I have used other self assessments within lessons but only with older... more
        • checklists - noltja, Sun Nov 23 22:19
          I can see that it would be difficult for some students but you are introducing kids to such an awesome tool that they will learn to master with practice!
      • effects - Melissa Boyd, Sun Nov 23 16:00
        I have let students record and listen to their reading before the study. I have not used the survey and interview questions. It is something I might begin to use. I learned so much about their... more
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