Welcome back to another installment of my Foundations of Fluency series! 🙂 I have posted three other times in this series. The first post related to comprehension. Read it HERE. My second post related to expression. You can read that by clicking HERE. My most recent post was on developing rate. You can get to that from HERE. I am really excited about this particular post because–similar to rate–this is an area that I think is most misunderstood as it relates to fluency.
Fluidity is the quality or state of being fluid. When a student is reading with fluidity, the words are easily understood and are enjoyable to the listener. This is a key part of a student’s overall fluency. Students increase in rate dramatically with improved fluidity.
When students are fluid, that’s where the magic happens! You can do so much more with them when they are able to attack the passage and not worry about the decoding constantly. Especially when it comes to practice, don’t be afraid to give students something on a lower level to read so that they are smooth. They will enjoy reading more and will feel more confident!