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September 5. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 09/05/2016

Materials themselves will help teachers grow professionally, but alongside that teachers need good professional development. Professional development makes the work come alive.

September 2. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 09/02/2016

No matter how well you plan and structure learning tasks, it’s the one-on-one interactions that inform the power and effectiveness in your teaching.

(Excerpted from Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades, Second Edition. © 2017 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.)

September 1. 2016

What’s New in Guided Reading, Second Edition? It’s not a revision…it has been re-envisioned.


You’ve had your trusty white-covered copy of Guided Reading on your shelf for years. Its frayed edges and bent pages from constant referencing have made it difficult to jam in between other books. You’ve even written your name in black marker across the cover to deter potential thievery. It’s a familiar friend. And now there’s a new edition?! What?! Don’t panic. Your friend is still as inspiring as ever. This is not a revision to a classic text, but rather… it has been RE-envisioned. More...


September 1. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 09/01/2016

It is the observation and analysis of the students’ reading behaviors that informs your next teaching moves.

(Excerpted from Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades, Second Edition. © 2017 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.)

August 31. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 08/31/2016

A learner might make tremendous gains in one area while seeming to almost "stand still" in another. It's our job to provide these learning opportunities and guide their attention so that learning in one area supports learning in others.

(Excerpted from The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. © 2017 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.)

August 30. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 08/30/2016

Every child, every single day, should have the opportunity to read many texts with understanding and fluency. Within a community of readers and writers, that can happen.

August 29. 2016

Making Your Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) Conferences Efficient and Informative

This is the time of year for getting to know each of your new students as unique individuals in your classroom community. Your BAS conference is a wonderful opportunity to spend a short time with each child to get a big payoff.

Think about the following tips as they may help you establish more efficient and informative BAS conferences with your students. More...

August 29. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 08/29/2016

Investment in continuous professional learning with a focus on creating a culture of teacher growth in our schools will be transformative to literacy instruction.

August 26. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 08/26/2016

When teachers with a common vision work together over time, and have the lift of excellent professional learning, they develop a common knowledge about the nature of learning.

excerpted from Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades, Second Edition. © 2017 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.