The methods used in the research vary between two programs. The first program is just repeated readings. Repeated readings are great for students with disabilities, there is no set foundation, it is just reading to gain fluency. The actual “Six Minute Solution” is reading for one minute to improve fluency, and at the end of the week testing comprehension is the goal. I will follow the plan of The Six Minute Solution, where repeated reading and then discussions followed by Comprehension is the goal for improvement. All the data I have found says that support during reading (letting the reader know what the errors are) helps improve the future readings, and the comprehension.
I do not need to reinvent the wheel. I will use the materials provided by the program, and the graphing sheets as well. I will however create a questioner for use after the data collection to see how the students feel about the program and how they feel they did with it. My research will follow Amy Hanzal’s in using the Six Minute Solution to improve AIMSweb Scores on R-CBM and MAZE.
Another good research paper is Drop Everything and Read, where the author Jan Hasbrouck says that the old adage of read to self is not the best use of reading time for kids that are not yet fluent. For kids to be successful they need to receive feedback after a set amount of time. This again falls in line with the program I want to use. Al of the research I have found so far, all falls in line with letting the reader getting feedback after a read to help improve their fluency going forward.
Hanzal, A. (2013). Closing the Reading Fluency Gap in Six Minutes.
Hasbrouck, J. (2006). Drop everything and read—but how. American Educator, 30, 22-31.
Reflection to WK 5
I am happy with my choices so far. Kerri is following the same type of study but with younger students. Her choices look a lot like mine, no pre-survey, but a post to question the way the kids feel about it. We both also want to use god quality CBM material. I am going to stick with my original plan, use the Six-Minute Solution, the material that comes with it, except the probes, which I will use Read Naturally because of the comprehension questions on the back. I am satisfied with where I am at so far, and feel, based on what I have read from my peers, we are all in the same boat.