Pupils in Slane NS have been involved in buddy reading for the last number of years. Pupils from 3rd-
In order to increase pupil fluency, readers need experience reading to and listening to other readers of all kinds. 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 pupils are more comfortable with their reading. Additionally, this strategy allows the teacher to observe readers in the classroom and work with pupils who may need more assistance.
In order to effectively implement this strategy in the classroom, the SEN teachers model the procedure for the pupils, exactly as they would like it to be executed. This was done with Ms. Gerrard, Mrs. Johnson and Ms. Corcoran in the hall this week. Once the pupils are using the strategy, the buddies encourage praise, and monitor pupils as they work. The pupils also learn that there is far more to reading a story than just reading the words!
The book is changed each time if it has been finished. Otherwise the pupil continues to read the same text. Buddy reading also fosters a great sense of togetherness in the school, where the older pupils look out for the younger pupils. We have a great culture of that here and this is a way of consolidating it.