First Year Teacher Self-Study Course

First Year Teacher is a self-paced professional development course for novice K-3 teachers, developed by Reading Rockets. The program provides teachers with an in-depth knowledge of reading so they are prepared to guide their students into becoming skilled and enthusiastic readers.

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Fluency: Assignments

Assignment 1

Choose one student to take a fluency score.

  • Sit and listen to the student read a passage from a book that is at their independent level.
  • Take note of words read correctly and incorrectly.
  • Find the words read per minute by taking the words read correctly (minus) the words read incorrectly.
  • Determine what instruction should look like for this student.
  • Write up your plan for this student’s growth in the area of fluency.

Assignment 2

Watch the third program in our five-part Launching Young Readers series, Fluent Reading. The 30-minute show explores how to help children learn to decode quickly and achieve fluency. The program also demonstrates how early testing and intervention can help struggling readers.

Fluency: Assignments
Diary of a First Year Teacher

Diary of a First Year Teacher

Join Barbara Zielinski, a first grade teacher at River Plaza Elementary School in Middletown, NJ, during her first year teaching.

"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." — Kate DiCamillo