Cross the Bridge of Fluency

Cross the Bridge of Fluency

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Teach Phonemic Awareness without Teaching Phonics

Teach Phonemic Awareness without Teaching Phonics

FAQ: How do I teach phonemic awareness (sounds), without teaching phonics (the letters that make those sounds)? Answer: Reading research shows that the method most of us learned to read (i.e., solely using phonics) is handicapping students. When students learn that a...
Target Reading Rate with Closed Captioning

Target Reading Rate with Closed Captioning

Reading fluency is a pivotal component to improving comprehension. If students spend too much mental energy decoding the words, they can’t focus on what the words mean. If students read too slowly, they will never make sense of the text. While fluency is a...
Consider Alternatives to Round Robin Reading

Consider Alternatives to Round Robin Reading

Round robin was a staple in literacy classrooms for years. This is the notion of kids taking turns reading aloud from the same passage while the teacher listens. However, there is abundant research that reveals this method is doing more harm than good. Replace round...
Introducing Fluency to Students

Introducing Fluency to Students

Even if students can decode words in their reading, that doesn’t mean they will comprehend what they read. If they read too slowly, then the text doesn’t make sense. If they don’t chunk words in phrases, breathing at punctuation marks, then the text...