The Voice Connection to Fluency

And Comprehension- Action Research by Krista Austin


I work at a school in metro-Atlanta, Georgia. At the beginning of the school year, 75 percent of the school was below reading level (according to the Fountas and Pinnell level system). 12 of my own 21 students were below reading level in my classroom (all of these students began the school year on a first or second grade reading level). I chose to research a method that could help students improve both their overall fluency and comprehension levels. My research question was Will Students Listening to Their Own Voices Improve Their Overall Performance Regarding Reading Fluency and Comprehension?

Conclusions and Future Endeavors

After reading over the data, I concluded that having students listen to their voices after they read can help improve students' fluency and comprehension levels. This can be based on the fact that their was a 100 percent improvement rate in both increased reading levels and 5 W comprehension chart percentages. I believe that this was because they were able to analyze both their strengths and goals while they listened to their voices. Most importantly, my students have also shown more of an interest in reading in class. They are excited to read during both my guided and independent reading sessions in class each day, and I believe that this is due to the fact that since they have improved drastically, reading has become easier to them; therefore, they now enjoy it more.

Throughout the remainder of the year, I will continue to record student voices and let them listen to their voices. Each time, they will also determine their strengths and goals regarding their reading. I will continue to share the results to my colleagues considering the school as a whole is still reading below grade level. If other teachers use my methods in their classrooms as well, perhaps the school as a whole will begin to see an increase in overall student reading levels as well. A letter has been sent home to my students’ parents so they can give their children the resources necessary to continue to practice at home. For homework, students are required to fill out a reading log and read for 20 minutes each day. I have sent home copies of the consonant and vowel blends charts, as well as the 5 W Charts, so that students are able to continue practicing what they have learned in the classroom while doing their homework.