About Lauren Norris

I've been a reading specialist for the last ten years and most recently a literacy coach for Pre-K to grade 5 in an elementary school. I began my career teaching honors British and World Literature to high school juniors and seniors. Developed elective course curricula for Shakespeare and Women In Literature courses. Next, I moved on to middle school, teaching grade 8 English Language Arts for 7 years. English department chair for 6 years. I worked as a literacy resource teacher for grades 6-8 and wrote, coordinated, and led professional development to teachers on a weekly basis for four years. I often joke that I went from teaching Shakespeare to teaching Pete the Cat, and I would have it no other way!

Fluency Fix-Up Strategies Part II

In my previous post, I wrote about the importance of fluency instruction and the benefit of explicit teaching of phrases to improve fluency.  According to Timothy Rasinski: Reading fluency refers to the ability of readers to read quickly, effortlessly, and efficiently with good, meaningful expression. (The Fluent Reader,  Pg. 26) Good readers need to be [...]

By | October 17th, 2013|Book Review, Featured, Literacy, Middle School|0 Comments

Fluency Fix-Up: Teaching Sight Word Phrases

As literacy teachers, we know the importance of teaching our students how to achieve appropriate fluency.  Long before the Common Core, we were modeling, teaching fluency strategies, allowing students time to practice, and having fun with poems, Reader's Theater, and choral readings. As students progress through the grades, the importance of fluency does not diminish, [...]

By | October 8th, 2013|Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy|1 Comment