In my classroom I want to improve fluency in reading and at the same time improve Galileo and AIMS scores for the school. Our third grade unit has an average reading level of first grade. They are not able to read third grade texts fluently, or comprehend what they are reading. I think implementing the Six-Minute Fluency program would help improve reading in the grade level and improve test scores from the Fall to Spring benchmarks. According to Gail Adams and Sheron Brown “The Six-Minute Solution is based on the premise that six minutes worth of concentrated practice on targeted literacy skills such as phonetic elements, automatic word recognition, and passage reading, can increase reading achievement” (Adams & Brown, 2007). I believe my students and the students of my peers deserve any angle we can use to help them improve their reading ability.
Collaboration with my peers is one of the most useful tools I have in my arsenal. We all discussed this problem and brainstormed several ideas. We feel this is worth implementing at the beginning of Daily 5 before we do read to someone, or listening to reading. Emily Lai states “Collaborative or cooperative learning structures are argued to trigger strong critical thinking skills and dispositions” (Lai, 2011). This is what makes collaboration a useful tool in the classroom as well as the professional learning group. All teachers should want the best for their children, and a strong reinforcing group allows them to just that, and in my case, four brains are better than one! Collaborating with my peers allows me to make mistakes without being judged. It allows me to test ideas and theories before jumping blindly into something that could waste time and learning. Collaboration allows me to become a better teacher by allowing me to learn and be part of something bigger than my own classroom.
Adams, Gail N. & Brown, Sheron M. (2007). The Six-Minute Solution: A Reading Fluency Program (Primary Level). Longmont, Colorado: Sopris West educational Services
Lai, Emily R. (2011). Collaboration: A Literature Review. Research Report. Retrieved from http://images.pearsonassessments.com/images/tmrs/Collaboration-Review.pdf