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January 9. 2018

How to Help Struggling Readers in Their Most Critical Year


According to recent research on the importance of early literacy skills, students not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school, (Hernandez 2011).  By now, you are starting to identify those students in your third-grade classrooms who are struggling. It’s not too late or too soon to help them and here’s how:

“School districts seeking to close the achievement gap must consider good classroom assessment, multiple layers of intervention, and the ongoing development of highly qualified teachers.” ~Fountas and Pinnell

Know Your Students

Observational assessment is an essential daily tool. Every student is different, so in order to know how to lead them forward, you must meet them where they are. Assessment that provides precise, reliable, and valid information allows us to make valid judgements about what students have learned how to do as readers; what they need to learn how to do next; and what teaching moves will support them. 

Give Them LOTS of Great Books!

A third-grade classroom should be rich in literacy opportunities. Students need a wide range of high-quality books that captivate and engage them as they participate in interactive read-aloud, shared reading, guided reading, book clubs, and independent reading. “Our job as teachers is to assure our students fall in love with books and develop a passion for authors, illustrators, genres, and topics. So the first business of our teaching is to assure our students want to read,” (Fountas and Pinnell 2017). 

Intervention

Through systems like the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention Red System for grade 3, you can give your struggling third-grade readers the chance to catch up to grade level quickly. This systematic, small-group intervention uses intensive, supportive lessons and—most importantly—engaging, original books that are sure to spark a love for reading, which is always the goal. To see sample books and lessons, click HERE.

“Progress is not enough; struggling readers need to make faster progress than their peers, and that is the whole purpose of intervention,” (Fountas and Pinnell).

~The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team

REFERENCES

Donald Hernandez, Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation (Baltimore: The Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2011).

Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2017). Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades, Second Edition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

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January 9. 2018

Teacher Tip: Organizing for Book Clubs

Book clubs can take place anywhere in your classroom where there is room for small groups of children to sit, either in a circle of chairs or in a circle on the floor, and discuss books together. Designate a shelf in your resource area where you can store the books and discussion cards together for easy access.

From Fountas & Pinnell Classroom System Guide by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Copyright (c) 2018 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Published by Heinemann.

January 5. 2018

FAQ Friday: Is Professional Development Available for FPC?

Q: Is professional development available for Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC)?

A: There are several professional development options for FPC.

Included with your FPC Purchase:

Optional Fee-Based:

  • On-Site: One-day, on-site seminars for each instructional context and an FPC Overview seminar
  • Off-Site: Multi-day FPC Institute designed and delivered by Fountas and Pinell for extensive learning. May 22-25, 2018, Dallas, TX.
  • Online: Interact digitally with Fountas & Pinnell-trained consultants. Multiple interactive webinars for each instructional context and an FPC Overview webinar
  • Custom: 10-day custom PD plan for schools/districts that have purchased the whole FPC System.

For additional information and pricing, please visit: http://www.fountasandpinnell.com/professionaldevelopment/ or call 800-225-5800 x1100.
January 2. 2018

Twelve Tips for Powerful Teaching in Guided Reading Lessons

The following are some guiding principles that may help you get more power in your teaching:
  1. Notice the student’s precise reading behaviors.
  2. Eliminate ineffective behaviors and help the reader do what proficient readers do. 
  3. Select a text on which the reader can learn how to read better- not too difficult and not too easy. 
  4. Teach the reader not the text.
  5. to read written language not words.
  6. Teach for the student to initiate effective problem-solving actions. Use clear precise language that passes the control to the reader. 
  7. Only ask the student to do what you know he can do. 
  8. Don’t clutter the teaching with too much talk. 
  9. Focus on self-monitoring and self-regulating behaviors so the reader becomes independent. 
  10. Build on examples of successful processing. 
  11. Teach for fast responding so the reader can process smoothly and efficiently.
From Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Copyright (C) 2017 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Published by Heinemann.
December 29. 2017

FAQ Friday: How Can LLI Be Integrated into FPC?

Q: How can Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) be integrated into Fountas & Pinnell Classroom (FPC)?

A: LLI supplements FPC for children who need something extra. All children should have high-quality classroom-based literacy instruction, and LLI is the most coherent supplementary literacy intervention to FPC for students that need extra support to achieve grade level proficiency.