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How to Calculate Fluency Rate

Why Calculating Correct Words Per Minute  Matters We often find ourselves discussing fluency rate and the proper way to score fluency assessments.  Some people are in the camp of counting ‘words per minute’.  Others hold the stance of scoring ‘correct words per minute’.  We firmly believe in scoring ‘correct words per minute’ because fluency is not just…

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The Magic of Decodable Texts

  Decodable Texts are a Powerful Tool What’s the big deal about decodable texts?   Approximately 20% of the population is prone to a language based learning disability.  For these learners, reading does not come ‘naturally’.  To meet with reading success, repeated opportunities to practice code are non-negotiable.  Systematic, sequential, and cumulative practice with the alphabetic…

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Back to School: Getting to Know Your Kindergarten Readers

Essential Assessments for Emergent Readers “Back-to-School” is the best time of year.  The kindergartners arrive at the classroom door, shining and smiling in their new school clothes, eager to learn. There is a LOT to learn.  First, they have to learn how to ‘do’ school.  They have to learn where the bathroom is, how to share school…

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3 Summer Must Reads: Book Recommendations for Teachers of Reading

It’s not too late to squeeze in a few more professional reads this summer! As mentioned in a previous book review post, teaching reading is an art-form. It is also a science. Here we discuss three more titles; each one addressing a different aspect of teaching reading: the art, the science, and the practical application.