This video discusses strategies for improving
fluency with technology. In this video, we discuss assisted reading.
Assisted reading is when a combination of teachers or peers support the reading development
of students with disabilities or others who might be struggling.
The focus of this discussion is fluency strategies that use technology.
The two types of assisted reading are Choral Reading and Paired Reading.
Students can participate in Choral or Paired Reading with traditional texts, but consider
the use of technology given the number of additional embedded supports that are offered.
Assisted reading activities can occur together as a whole class or in small groups.
When using this strategy, vary the reading parts to include refrains, dialogue, call
and response, echo and choral reading, and choral singing.
Paired reading should be done more frequently, even daily, for 10 to 15 minutes, depending
on the grade and need. This approach is successful with elementary,
middle, and high school aged students. Paired reading allows children to read real
text of their choice, and gives oral support so students can read text accurately, fluently
and meaningfully. When preparing for paired reading, pair students
so that one is more proficient than the other. Select text based on instructional level and
student choice. Seat students side by side with text visible.
During the paired reading, the stronger reader carries the reader along, the less proficient
reader keeps pace. The teacher has ultimate responsibility to
adjust the reading rate so it is not too fast or too slow.
And the student should be taught to signal when they are ready to read on their own,
or for simultaneous reading. If there is a miscue, the teacher says the
word, points to it, the child then says it, and they both move on, without stopping to
teach decoding. Finally, after reading, discuss the text and
reflect on how the oral reading went. Here are some technology supports for paired
reading. First, have your students listen to an audio
recording while reading the print version aloud.
Use repeated readings with audio support until the reader feels they can read the passage
on their own. Or use other technology-based supports including
podcasts, ebooks, video, or captioned video. Pause here and answer the following question
in your notes or in your head. Reflect on your current instructional setting.
How could assisted reading play a role in supporting your students’ fluency needs? What
technologies would support your efforts? When you are satisfied that you know this
content, please continue.