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The Essential Role of Metacognition in the Sciences of Reading:
How Metacognition, Motivation, and Engagement Make a Critical Difference

Q&A with Peter Afflerbach, Ph.D.



The Science of Reading research speaks to best practices necessary to support successful readers; however, today’s discourse around the “Science of Reading” often limits the scope of reading instruction needed to support all learners. In this brief Q&A, Dr. Peter Afflerbach explains why the “Sciences of Reading” provides a more comprehensive framework of the factors necessary for reading achievement, and the crucial role that metacognition plays in providing lasting reading competencies that ensure life-long reading success.

Peter Afflerbach

About the Author

Peter Afflerbach, Ph.D. is Professor of Reading in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland. His research includes focus on reading comprehension strategies and processes, verbal reporting, reading in Internet and hypertext environments, and mindfulness.

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Meaningful Reading Assessment Professional Development Book

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Instruction and assessment ought to be like two peas in a pod. In this practical guide, Peter Afflerbach, a foremost authority on developing effective assessments, teams up with literacy expert Adria Klein to show teachers how to become fluent in meaningful assessment routines. Highlights include:

  • Purposeful formative assessment, self-assessment, and student learning goals
  • Using tools that reveal reliable, relatable insights
  • Knowing readers as people in order to know instruction and engage
  • Designing and mining daily routines to yield data
  • Learning to analyze information, and sharing assessment results thoughtfully

Decodable Fluency Builders

Print + Digital • Grades K-1

Build fluency, develop comprehension, and apply phonics skills.

Decodable Fluency Builders is a new supplemental foundational literacy skills series. Driven by Science of Reading research, Decodable Fluency Builders features a wealth of robust, high-quality texts that provide authentic decoding experiences to help build fluency—the bridge to comprehension. The accountable texts combine phonics, high-frequency words, and language comprehension work for practice and application, helping students accelerate from mastery to transfer in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

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