Have you ever wondered why Fluency Matters refers to its novels as ‘comprehension-based readers’ ? The answer is because a novel is merely a story that is told using random language. Our readers are anything but random! They are strategically written and painstakingly edited to ensure minimum frequency factors (the number of exposures to core structures within a text), unique word counts are sustained, AND contextualized, so that new or unfamiliar words can be understood from the way in which they are used in the text and the context.

Here at Fluency Matters, comprehension-based readers and comprehensive teacher support materials are the heart and soul of what we do. Our authors are all teachers, and we are constantly striving to find new ways of making language more accessible to more students. We are always on the lookout for compelling new stories and ideas that will spark our students (and yours!) to want to compel them to dive deeper into their own acquisition journey.

Although all of our readers are carefully planned, we can not say the same for the birth of CI Peek blog. CI Peek was actually the result of fate or Divine intervention, depending on what you believe. It all started back in 2015, when Kristy Placido’s flight home to Michigan from the ACTFL conference in San Diego was cancelled. Rather than spend the night in San Diego alone, she decided to fly out of Phoenix the next day.  So, she hitched a ride with dear friends Pat and Carol Gaab to Phoenix. It was during that car ride that Carol and Kristy talked about all the strategies/ideas they wanted to share with teachers and different ways they could help teachers all over the globe transform their teaching.  After six hours of “labor,” CI Peek blog was born.

Our goal with this blog is to TRANSFORM your teaching. We want to help you LOVE every minute you spend with your students. We want to INSPIRE your students to become passionate about language and culture. Through this blog, we hope that not only are you becoming a better teacher, but that we are helping you to connect with the community of teachers all around the world. Together, we believe we can wipe out monolingualism!

Do YOU have an idea for a blog post you’d like to share with other teachers? We’d love to help you share! Please submit your idea here!

In the meantime, we’d like to share with you some of the very best posts we’ve published that will help you tackle the second half of your school year! If you are using readers in your classes, this list of posts is your comprehensive guide to teaching successfully!

How do you plan before teaching a novel/reader?

The nuts and bolts to whole-class reading

What if the novel/reader is failing?

Getting buy in from students

Creating “breaks” from the novel/reader

Sustained Silent Reading

Reading rejuvenation

How to spice it up

How to select reading material

Using readers/novels for language acquisition

Shake it up!

Why do I love teaching with novels/readers?

My favorite “hooks”

Reader’s Theater

More Reader’s Theater!

Increasing students’ interaction with text

Using Flipgrid with novels/readers

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