Fluency~~It really does matter! and CUrRentLy

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
~~~Fluency ~~~
I used to teach in an inner city setting many moons ago...I was hired late in the year.  They had been meeting in a small semi corner of the MPR. { yeah, I'm sure that was quiet } and all the first grade teachers got rid of 4-6 students each.  Can you imagine what I had walked into?!?  My first year teaching and 32 students and 98% spanish speaking.  YIKES!!!!
My mom who I speak about often and was an educator for many years said, "sweetheart I can promise you that you will never have a year like this again."  and she was right of course.  I had a CLASS full of discipline problems and an aide that left every day at 12:30.  --and don't think I bribed, begged, pulled her arm to make her stay...but she never did.
I knew SOME Spanish.  I mean I took Spanish in high school and went to Spain and Mexico.  I practiced wherever I went and people were always very gracious with me...especially in Spain.  I loved it there!
Was I smooth and was there an easy flow to my sentences?  Absolutely not!  But when your students are fluent there is an ease to their reading, they aren't stopping every couple words to decode and sound.words.out.  They can now focus on reading to LEARN.  Go figure...isn't that a nice goal?  They can actually spend the time focusing on what the text is saying instead of getting tripped up on words.  Don't get me wrong I love teaching phonic skills and playing decoding type games. 
But I love to see my little ones reading fluently after a year of struggling and learning and trying so hard.  I see fluency kind of like a bridge

Fluency - building the bridge between decoding and understanding comprehending.

We worked on fluency today during our reading groups...

Building fluent readers from decoding strategies to comprehension.

Today we took turns reading a passage fluently in our small groups.  I timed the kids and made it like a game...the fastest/most fluent reader received a ticket.  They loved it!!!How do you include fluency practice in your classroom?
And to leave you with this.... ha!ha!
fluency meme

 I know you had to read a lot to get here...gotta love currently!
Link up with Farley and join in the fun!!!!  I can't believe it's MAY!!!


  1. Are those Fluency Folders? Anything in those binders that you would like to share or comment about?

    XOXO The Goonie Gals

  2. I wish I had something I could share...I really want to make a fluency unit over the summer. The fluency folder is from my district. :o/

  3. Aaaah thank you for making my night with some Ryan Gosling. :) I'm your newest follower!
    ideas by jivey

  4. WOW! Swim 100 miles? I guess you thought I was pretty pathetic with my summer bucket list... :)
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  5. I agree with needing a teachers aide. If only...

    Fifth in the Middle

  6. I would love an aide. Oh the things I could get done. And a 100 miles? That is awesome!!! I swim at Lake Michigan everyday but never even thought about figuring out how far I swim.

    Apples and Papers

  7. We are all about getting rid of the robot-reading right now!!!
    Yay for your bestie coming to town-so fun!

    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  8. A teacher's aide is wonderful--but sometimes even two people can't get done all that needs to be done! I hope you have time to drop by my blog. I'm doing a nonfiction linky--share your favorite nonfiction writer(s) and/or book(s). I am also giving away a cool pencil sharpener!


  9. 100 miles?!? Wow!! Hope you enjoy the sun and the swimming! :)

    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

  10. Fun fun - love the encouragement image :)

    Emily @I Love My Classroom

  11. 100 miles? You go girl! I LOVE the Ryan Gosling photo! haha!

    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

  12. Hi Vicky,

    Does anyone have a teacher's aide anymore. Wish I did. Love your Hey Girl Poster. I always laugh when I see the posters. It's especially fun to see the growth in reading with the first graders this time of year.

    First Grade Schoolhouse

  13. I moved from Kindergarten to 2nd grade and lost a full time assistant. Now, I have no one! It is seriously an adjustment!

    Second Grade Nest

  14. I teach special ed and have an assistant, a few actually for different periods. Good and bad at times.

    Isn't it funny how the dogs always seem to make it into the currentlys!

    Can't wait to hear about your visitor from the Australia Iteachkidsabc@gmail.com
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids