What Really Matters in Fluency: Research-based Practices Across the Curriculum
Fluency has risen to the top of today's instructional agenda and yet it is a process that is still unfamiliar terrain for many teachers. To help teachers acquire a fuller understanding of the complexity of fluency development, literacy researcher and best-selling author Dick Allington offers clear recommendations to guide classroom teachers in fostering development with a few modest changes to their daily reading lessons that will strengthen every student's fluency development in his book What Really Matters in Fluency. Unlike any other book on the topic of fluency, Dick Allington provides a research-base that supports wide, free voluntary reading as an overlooked component in the development of reading fluency along with implications this has for planning fluency interventions. In addition, Dick provides a comprehensive discussion of the factors that inhibit fluency growth and a number of research-based instructional strategies and routines for turning struggling readers into fluent and achieving readers. Teachers will be inspired and confident to teach fluency!
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Richard Allington achieves the promise of his book's title: What Really Matters in Fluency. Fluency is a current and controversial topic in reading education and assessment. Allington employs his ... Read full review
Allington is a trusted friend of the child. His no nonsense approach and descriptions are helpful to all those grounded in doing what's best for children while avoiding quick fix methods that can be harmful to learning.