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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.

"You may have tangible wealth untold. Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be — I had a mother who read to me." — Strickland Gillilan