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Ashley Pennell
Sun Nov 23, 2014 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 true about the developmental reading process and the growth in data that our job depends on. When I taught 2nd grade, helping my students reach an appropriate level of fluency was an overwhelming task because my struggling readers were still dealing with word-level issues and not ready to read fluently through 2nd grade level texts. Hopefully we will see the day when the assessments that students are required to take are in agreement with their developmental level...

  • 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
      • 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
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