Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fluency Recordings

We have begun piloting oral reading fluency recordings in a few classrooms to get some practice with procedures before rolling this out to all of the iAchieve classrooms. I have had the privilege of working with a couple of student groups. It is interesting to watch them record but even more fun to watch as they listen to their recordings. They often laugh at hearing their own voices but are also becoming aware of things they need to work on as they read such as their phrasing or even specific words that tripped them up during reading.

After the students read their passage and listen to the recording, they complete a  rubric to evaluate their oral reading fluency and then set a goal for the second reading. The students have really been taking this seriously and identifying their specific needs. As one girls listened to her recording she realized how much trouble she had with one word in particular and really worked on doing better for her second reading.

One of the teachers shared how beneficial it was for her to be able to sit down after school and listen to the recordings. She noted how difficult it can be to really focus on a student's reading when you also have to monitor all of the other students.

I am really anxious to track the progress of our third graders oral reading fluency!


  1. What do the kids have to do while listening? I know they track the time, but do they note miscues? Maybe have them record (write a set number of miscues --maybe three), and see if those are repeated. They can keep track of trends and miscue analysis. Maybe record miscues of others too. Self-awareness of need is a big Lee Canter research for improvement. Blog is looking good except for the rain. In Arizona?? Oh, that must be the deluge from the burst Tempe dam! :)))))))

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  3. As we see this progress through the year and the students become more proficient at recording and listening, having them note specific miscues would be a good next step. And, it's raining as I am commenting!