Tim Rasinski Webinar
Webinar Recap: ‘Automaticity in Word Learning Improves Comprehension’
We hope you enjoyed our webinar, “Automaticity in Word Learning Improves Comprehension,” presented by literacy expert Dr. Tim Rasinski.
Dr. Rasinski clarified some misconceptions about fluency, reconfirmed some of our ideas, and left us with a practical instructional sequence. Here are a few highlights:
- Fluency is not about reading rate
Reading fluency means more than reading fast; speed is a positive consequence of good word recognition. Word recognition is not just being able to read the word (decode), but the ability to recognize its meaning too. Fluency is also dependent on strong vocabulary.
- Patterns in words build word recognition
Our brains are wired to look for patterns. Knowing the 38 most common word families allows students to read and spell 654 single-syllable words. Similarly, Greek and Latin roots provide patterns on a morphological level.
- Fluency lesson plans include deep, repeated readings and vocabulary
Dr. Rasinski shared a fluency lesson plan for purposeful, repeated readings of short texts that includes vocabulary knowledge.
|How We Support Word Recognition||Our Corresponding Learning Activities|
|VocabularySpellingCity helps students practice recognizing words accurately and rewards them when they do so quickly.||Audio Word Match, Test-N-Teach, LetterFall, Splat-N-Spell, Aim2Spell|
|Allows students to manipulate word families.||WordFind, Word Unscramble, Sentence Writing|
|Requires students to read words automatically or to write word accurately.||SpeedySpeller, Read-A-Word, Sentence Unscramble, Sentence Writing, FlashCards, Word Study|
|Provides opportunities for students to hone word recognition from a vocabulary perspective.||HangMouse, Crossword, MatchIt Definitions, MatchIt Sentences, Sentence Writing, Paragraph Writing|