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Image of child reading//Fluent readers understand what they are reading, apply what they have read to new contexts and are motivated to read more.

Fluency in reading comes easily to some students. For others, learning to read is an uphill battle. These students need a good deal of nurturing and support to become good readers.

Lay the Groundwork for Success

You can make a vital contribution to your students' success in reading.

Help your students decode and understand what they read. Provide specific instruction to help them make sense of the text. Model reading skills.

Encourage a positive attitude towards reading. Motivate your students to read more by connecting reading with their interests. Let them exercise some control over what they read. Encourage questioning and provide responses that clarify and confirm information.

Plan and organize instruction that best meets your students’ needs. Combine large-group, small-group, and individual reading instruction. Ensure that your students understand the routines and expectations associated with each classroom grouping. Give students time to complete their reading tasks.

Regularly observe and assess your students’ reading skills. Gather data using a variety of assessment tools (student conferences, informal reading inventories, running records). Analyze the data you collect and create a plan to address individual students' needs.

Regularly observe and assess your students’ reading skills. Gather data using a variety of assessment tools (student conferences, informal reading inventories, running records). Analyze the data you collect and create a plan to address individual students' needs.

Collaborate with your colleagues. Share teaching strategies, classroom observations, and professional resources. Work together to help your students become better readers.

Acknowledge and respect cultural diversity. Draw on students’ cultural and linguistic backgrounds to help them improve their literacy skills. Develop your knowledge of other cultures and involve members of students’ families as a way to explore the world in your classroom.

Pursue professional development opportunities. Take advantage of peer coaching, mentoring, reading circles, and literacy workshops to increase your effectiveness in the classroom and help boost your students’ achievement.

The ability to read well is fundamental to success both in and beyond the classroom, and you play a pivotal role in ensuring that your students become proficient readers.

Look into eWorkshop’s modules on reading, assessment, and professional learning teams for information, ideas, tips, and many practical tools that will help you introduce your students to the wonders of the printed word.

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