It’s ALL about the fluency center. On the busiest day, the fluency center is still chugging along and the paraprofessional is collecting data. It’s literally the best thing ever. If you are up to your eyeballs in a new behavior plan and feel like you’ve have completely forgotten about the rest of your class (because safety first…), know that your little loves are still maintaining the skills they’ve learned and you’ve got data to prove it. A fluency center is the first thing I set up in a classroom when I am doing a classroom consult. It’s relativity easy to setup, requires pretty basic instruction or training, and adds so much value to your class.
A fluency center doesn’t take very much time to set up and doesn’t take very much training for the paraprofessional who is running it. Once you teach someone the basic concept, you can continually switch up the content you work on. Also I have found, that most students seem to really like fluency instruction because they are working on previously mastered skills. Meaning this isn’t hard. Meaning they are successful. People like doing things they are successful at. This is a win-win-win. Skill maintenance is essential for generalization. You want to teach skill that last over time. Fluency instruction ensures that that will happen. The data process is easy. You track how many correct and incorrect in a certain time period. On the data sheet, you need space for each skill you are working on, how long the timing is, how many correct, and how many incorrect. I have data sheets included in my Fluency Mega Pack.
What is fluency?
Fluency is accuracy plus speed. We want our learners to have skills that can be produced quickly and correctly. A fluency program looks at the rate of performance – how many responses can the student produce within a specific amount of time.
Why is fluency important?
Data from fluency instruction gives us the MOST information. You know how many they got correct and in how long. Percentage, consecutive opportunities, etc, doesn’t tell us all that. If we say a student can identify letters with 90% accuracy – we still don’t know a lot. Fluency is all about being functional. We want the skills we teach our students to be second nature. Fluency builds that. Fluency is all about getting our students ready for more complex skills. Need that strong foundation before you move on!
This center can work for all students! You can work on things like sight words, math facts, common vocabulary, or coin combination shown below. You can get as basic or as complex. We love working on personal information (resources included in Personal Info Mega Pack Level 3), functional sight words, and other advanced programs. For more basic skill and younger learners, I love working on motor imitation, categorizing, or vocabulary.