Fluency practice for top readers????

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  1. jessiiteach

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    I don't see the point in assessing fluency in readers who read over 200 WPM. Do you do this? If so, why?

    I am forced to do fluency on all my students and think it is a waste of time on the high readers. In fact, they read so fast they have no prosody, they slur words, and they don't have a clue what the passage was about. I understand that reading fluently is important, but I think once a student is fluent, comprehension needs to be the focus, not speed.

    I am open to seeing the other side of view on this topic.
     
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    The fact that they are reading so fast, have no prosody, slur words, and are not comprehending is exactly why you need to complete fluency assessments on these students. They are not reading fluently.
     
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    Speed is only one of the components of fluency: accuracy and prosody are definitely also required.
     
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    Thank you for pointing out prosody is a component. I was not taught that or shown that in my internship (as brief as it was). That definitely changes things. Thank you for mentioning that to me. Checking fluency with accuracy and prosody makes more sense to me. Do you include comprehension?
     
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    Accurate fluency measures ensure that comprehension is maintained at the level of wpm. If the student can not maintain comprehension at that wpm level, then they are not truly fluent at that level.

    The other part is reading with prosody. They don't have to be animated and "acting" the reading, but they must have proper phrasing and read the punctuation.

    That is all part of accurate fluency levels.
     
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    That makes so much more sense to me than reading just to read quicker.
     
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    They are definitely not fluent! I tell my kids that in order to be fluent when they read that it should sound like they are talking at a good rate. It should not be choppy and slow or so fast that it slurs.
     

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