Assessment & Data

Flash Fluency

Flash Fluency is a strategy I use during guided reading sessions to make immediate adjustments to my instruction, based on my students' needs. To gather the information I need, I give a reading fluency check to one student from the group using a current or cold read text. The student reads for one minute while I keep track of miscues and make observations. It is followed by a quick comprehension check. Once this is completed, I address the student's needs immediately with the entire small group. Since my reading groups are homogenous, one student's needs are generally reflective of the needs of the other students in the group. 

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Student Data
 
 
This is an example of a flash fluency check. Here I can check off words read and make any observation notes. There are a couple of questions for comprehension checks that can be completed by a re-tell and a follow-up question that checks for any other reading skill as the teacher sees fit.
 
Students In Action
 
 
Student Data
 
 
This is an example of a flash fluency check. Here I can check off words read and make any observation notes. There are a couple of questions for comprehension checks that can be completed by a re-tell and a follow-up question that checks for any other reading skill as the teacher sees fit.
Raul Gonzalez
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
First grade
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