When using Read Naturally SE with my first and second grade students, how should I handle students who do not type well?
Our goal, of course, is for students to spend as much time as possible actually reading text. If the task of typing in predictions and retells takes a large portion of the time allotted for Read Naturally fluency practice, you may want to consider making some modifications.
- It is possible to disable the prediction or the retell step (or both) in the software and not require the student to do one or both of these.
- As an alternative, students can write their predictions and/or retells in a notebook. For very young or special education students with limited writing skills, you may want to require only a few words or a phrase as a prediction—encouraging the use of the key words.
- Another strategy is to have a student “talk to the screen.” Model for the students how to just orally predict what they think the story will be about, and then move right into their cold timing.
- For more accountability, the teacher can come to the student to listen to an oral prediction and do the cold timing with the student.
- Following the hot timing step, the teacher can listen to a brief oral retell of the story—and then encourage the student to make the next story selection and get right on to spending time reading again.