Our middle school students paired with their partner classrooms on this second day of Spirit Week. Our 8th graders paired off with the 3rd graders and 7th graders with the second graders. It is a strategy that works and supported by research. Besides, it’s so enjoyable and builds community!
In order to increase student fluency, readers need experience reading to and listening to other readers of all kinds. Specifically, lower-level readers benefit from strategies such as Paired Reading by listening to the reading of a higher-level reader. Reading with someone else encourages students to try reading material that may be above their usual reading level, while also building oral skills so that students are more comfortable with their reading. Additionally, this strategy allows the teacher to observe readers in the classroom and work with students who may need more assistance.