FLUENT READING = COMPREHENSION?????
No, not necessarily, and I just had that proved today! I listened to a student read fluently a page and a bit to the end of the chapter. I then asked what that page and a bit was all about. They looked at me a little bewildered and said” I don’t know”!!! That was a very big lesson in why the Daily 5 strategy Who/What is critical. Who was it and what happened? This self checking strategy for understanding is so important. I sometimes get them to do it as an oral task to someone close by or get them to write it in their journal. ( need to step this up though) In the early days I often used to get varying responses. Many students gave a blurb like regurgitation of the book rather than focusing on what they had actually just read – big difference!
The children are settling very quickly into their reading and whilst it’s always been good it has more purpose now. There are some notable improvements in some children’s stamina due I think to increased interest and “good fit” books. Still though, for a few children their stamina is not as developed as others…. a work in progress!