Everyone reads differently, at different speeds, and with different interests. To keep students interested in reading and help them build reading fluency, you need to find ways to make reading an enjoyable activity. Reading is a fun activity that can also be used as a learning tool. Instead of putting your students off by constantly telling them they need to read more or read for pleasure, why not establish a few simple rules and create an environment where reading becomes the new favorite activity? Here are seven simple ways to build reading fluency in your students.
Have students practice breathing before reading
People often read “spaced out” or “caught in thought,” and this is often because someone is reading without breathing. Breathing is a natural part of the reading process that most people don’t realize they’re doing. When we read, we experience three levels of awareness: the reading level, the thinking level, and the breathing level. Reading takes place at our breathing level, where we focus on the words and images on the page. If we don’t breathe, we focus on the reading level exclusively and we miss out on thinking about what we’re reading. This can lead to “spaced out” reading, where you’re reading one word but “in the clouds” when it comes to the next word.
Set a timer and have students read for a specific amount of time
Sometimes, students just need a specific amount of time to be in the reading mindset. These students often have other activities competing for their attention, and they need to be spoken to straight up about how much time they need to read. Setting a timer can help you put students in the right mindset to read for the correct amount of time. If you have a class that is getting disrupted frequently or is having difficulty focusing, setting a timer can help you regain some control.
Show students how to take notes while reading
Students often feel awkward taking notes during readings. By reading with your voice and showing your students how to take notes with their own voice, you can make it more comfortable for them. It’s also a good way to check for understanding as the reading material could have notes or other graphics that you need to check for understanding. This can also be a great way to practice note-taking skills as well as basic note-taking models.
Use a reading buddy system where one student reads while another takes notes
A reading buddy system can help students build reading fluency by breaking down a reading passage into smaller, more manageable chunks. Reading fluency is largely dependent on the person doing the reading, so having a partner or buddy take notes can be helpful. Students can learn how to take notes while reading, check their notes for understanding, and correct any mistakes they make while reading.
Find “reading traps” in your texts and make sure your students know how to avoid them
Reading traps occur when students try to read something they don’t understand well and instead of trying to figure out what they’re reading, they get frustrated and give up. There are many reading traps in texts that can cause your students to get frustrated and frustrated with reading. Make sure your students know about these traps before they get into them so they have a chance at avoiding them.
Ask questions as you read with your students
One of the best ways to build reading fluency is to ask questions as you read. This can be done in different ways and with different questions depending on your students’ needs. To get students to read and fully understand concepts, you can have them read questions out loud and try to answer them in their heads. You can also have them read questions out loud to another student and have that student write down what they’re reading on a piece of paper. This can be a great way to build fluency building a natural reading response in your students.
Establish a clear goal for reading fluency practice sessions
Reading fluency is a skill that will require practice, so be sure to set a clear goal for the time you spend practicing. Sometimes all you need is five minutes of reading, while other times you need to spend an hour reading, so be sure to set a goal that helps you stay on track with practicing fluency. Reading fluency is something that you’ll need to practice throughout your teaching career and throughout your students’ lives as well. Reading fluency is one of the most important skills you can help build in your students because it will help them get the most out of their reading. There are many ways to build reading fluency in your students. The key to building reading fluency is to break down the activities into small, manageable chunks that your students can easily manage in their day. By intentionally doing these activities, your students will be able once again to enjoy reading and see that it doesn’t take a superhuman effort to get through a book.