› Standard 5 Fluency
Read grade level text in three- to four-word
phrases using intonation, expression, and
After practicing with small
groups for several days on
using more expression while
reading their parts, I became
frustrated because the
students were not improving.
After reading Ashley’s blog, I
used her idea of having the
students record themselves
and listen to how they sound.
Pros Cons With only one
Students improved record
quickly. on, students
became a little
and supportive of
Students were Would be hard to
able to apply their complete if I was a
learning and were solo teacher.
able to track their
Student Use of
Technology • While I operated the computer, the students were actively involved
by recording themselves and listening to their own recording.
• Using Photo Story was not absolutely essential in creating a
Technology Use is successful Readers Theater but definitely improved the success of
Essential the activity. The student’s expression increased dramatically by
listening to their own recording rather just listening to me model.
• This activity was completely focused on helping the students
Focus on Learning improve their ability to read with expression. While it was fun to use,
Task the Photo Story program, the lesson focus was not on how to use
the program but rather how they could improve.
• This activity was not only fun and motivating but created
meaningful experience for the children. They were able to apply
Added Value what I had been trying to teach them and see real improvements
in their reading. Because the students knew they were being
recorded, they tried their best at using expression.