See how one school used Mike Opitz’ Good-bye Round Robin, Updated Edition, to examine and revitalize oral-reading practices in their school.
This is a must have for each and every teacher out there. No student should be allowed to graduate and become certified in teaching without reading and responding to this book.
N. Bookwalter, “Reading Specialist,” Carlisle, PA, 2/20/2006
Harris and Hodges (1995) define round-robin reading as "the outmoded practice of calling on students to read orally one after another." Allington (1984) goes on to note "...oral reading is a form of assessment or practice but often without a clearly developed, or delivered, instructional focus." Oral reading is important and the authors of this book share how to use oral reading in the most effective and efficient ways possible. This book provides effective oral reading strategies that teachers can use to best teach all children to read. The research-based information is well-organized and easy to read. For every oral reading strategy presented, the skills that each strategy helps children develop is given. In addition, for each oral reading strategy teaching suggestions, title suggestions, extensions, tips, and connections are listed. The "Involving Parents" chapter reviews ways that oral reading can be used at home and the "Guiding Assessment" chapter is devoted to oral reading as a tool for assessment and within that chapter one can find specific strategies and many reproducible forms. This book is a wonderful resource for teachers, tutors, and parents.
Cathy S Byrne, South Elgin, IL, March 29, 2000
I love this book because it offers easy-to-implement fluency strategies. A teacher I work with calls it her "Fluency Bible" and keeps it next to the guided reading area in the classroom. I give this book away to every school that I work with and every workshop I conduct on Reading Fluency! Easy to read - practical - strategy & research-based - it's the best!
Kimberly Tyson, Indianapolis, IN, November 2, 2006