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November 16. 2017

TWITTER CHAT RECAP, 11/16: A Level is a Teacher's Tool, NOT a Child's Label

On Thursday, November 16th, Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell hosted a Twitter Chat on how A Level is a Teacher's Tool, NOT a Child's Label. People from all over the country to join the conversation, sharing their own views, concerns, and queries about this very important subject. Some favorite tweets included: 

Levels can be a resource for you and your colleagues to guide student choices for independent reading, but they should not be a limitation or a requirement. #FPLiteracy
When teachers, specialists, librarians, district leaders, and administrators come together as a team, their collective knowledge about texts can help every child love to read independently, in their classroom, and at home. #FPLiteracy
We would never take a book out of a child’s hands. And when we restrict kids to reading on a specific level, we’re really restricting their opportunities. #FPLiteracy

Read the whole chat below, and save the date for our next Twitter Chat on January 25, 2018 at 8:00pm EST. 

November 7. 2017

Why The Literacy Continuum is Critical to Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™


As a teacher using the new Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ System (FPC) you may have been hearing over and over: in order to use the materials as effectively as possible, you need to use The Literacy Continuum to shape the suggested lesson for the learning needs of your particular students. This valuable tool enables you to adjust, extend, and enhance the materials in FPC to the benefit of each student you teach.

Each FPC lesson was written, each original book title was created, and each trade book was chosen based on text characteristics and goals taken directly from The Literacy Continuum. So why do you need to refer to it if the lessons already identify the goals for you? Here’s why:

For Assessment

Effective teaching begins with good assessment. The Literacy Continuum is a tool that describes the observable reading, writing, or language behaviors of proficient students at the level. It provides you with a set of goals, behaviors, and understandings at each reading level (for guided reading) and grade level (for all other instructional contexts) that you can match to the specific competencies you observe in your students. By frequently referring to the behaviors and understandings from The Literacy Continuum during your observations of oral reading, talk, or writing you will know what your students already control, almost control, or do not yet control. You need The Literacy Continuum to know precisely where to meet your students in order to bring them forward using the FPC materials.

For Planning

The Literacy Continuum is a planning tool. You’ve used it to identify goals for your students. Now you can use it to prioritize a few emphases that will be most important for leading your students forward. Since The Literacy Continuum describes proficiency, your teaching needs to bring your students to those competencies. Even though FPC includes a suggested sequence of lessons in each instructional context, you may choose to vary the suggested sequence and the lesson content based on your knowledge of your students. No one lesson can fit the precise needs of your students.

For Teaching

In the Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ System, critical behaviors and understanding are identified. They will guide you to think about the specific level and important demands but only you will have the daily observations of your students’ competencies. The Literacy Continuum, as a companion to the lessons, will enable you to refine the goals to meet the specific needs of your students.

For some of you, The Literacy Continuum goes where you go. It’s tattered and smudged from constant use. Having a battered copy of The Literacy Continuum isn’t a sign of misuse; it’s a sign of USE. It means that you are using it the way it was intended: as an everyday tool to assess, plan for, and teach your students to process oral and written language with competency and confidence.  


~Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell

Join the fastest growing community in the field of literacy education. Get your free membership and stay up to date on the latest news and resources from Fountas and Pinnell at www.fountasandpinnell.com

For a well-organized, searchable archive of FAQs and discussions that are monitored by Fountas and Pinnell-trained consultants, go to our Discussion Board at www.fountasandpinnell.com/forum 

For more collaborative conversation, join the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Facebook Learning Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/FountasPinnell/ 
November 3. 2017

Don’t Miss Out on These FREE Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Resources!

The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Community at www.fountasandpinnell.com

This website is full of information, resources, tools, research, answers, and inspiration for all things Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™. Become a member for free now, and receive access to all of these exciting benefits:

  • Live Webinars. These informative webinars are hosted by Fountas and Pinnell themselves. Search the Resource Library on fountasandpinnell.com to find recordings of past webinars on a full range of topics, and as a member you will receive notices for upcoming live webinars as they are scheduled. 
  • The Discussion Board. This forum is a place to find answers to all your questions regarding content, release dates, general queries, and more. You can start by searching the immense database of already-asked-and-answered questions. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can post your question and expect a quick answer from one of our trained consultants who are constantly monitoring. 
  • Resource Library. This library contains video, study guides, instructional tools, product samplers, product updates, and so much more. If you’re looking for something, you will most likely be able to find in in this wonderful resource. 
  • FAQ Friday. Some questions are more frequently asked than others. Check the fountasandpinnell.com homepage every Friday to find the answers to the most burning questions. 
  • Teacher Tips. These useful, actionable tips are posted every Tuesday on the fountasandpinnell.com homepage.
  • Lit Bits. Each day, visit the fountasandpinnell.com homepage and get a little dose of inspiration from these shareable, daily quotes from Fountas and Pinnell.

The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Facebook Learning Group

This members-only page is a place for educators to come and seek answers to questions; seek advice from colleagues about classroom organization, instruction, etc., or just connect with wonderful, like-minded educators from all over the world.

Sign up now and stop missing out on these amazing resources! They’re free!

~The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team

October 27. 2017

Twitter Chat RECAP: Turning Your Vision Into Action

On Thursday, October 26th, Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell hosted a Twitter Chat on Turning Your Vision Into Action. People from all over the country to join the conversation, sharing their own classroom visions and discussing what it takes to make their visions a reality. Some favorite tweets included: 

Teaching isn’t something you master; you’re never done. A sign of teaching excellence is continuous learning.More...
October 27. 2017

Ask Meli! October, 2017

Meli has been busy answering her fan mail! She loves reading all of your wonderful letters because you are such great writers! This month, Meli answers questions from Landon, Elle, and Will from Northwestern Elementary School in Mardela Springs, MD.

Q: Dear Meli, My group read your book "The Problem with Meli" this week. I would like to learn about you. Why does Ron take you for a walk? Do you bark anymore? I learned that you bark a lot. I thought it was interesting that you watch TV. ~Landon

: Thanks for the letter and the wonderful picture that you drew for me. I still bark sometimes - especially when I see a squirrel - but I try very hard to be a good dog. Woof! Meli

Q: Dear Meli, My group read your book "The Problem with Meli" this week. I would like to ask some questions. How old are you? Where did the blanket come from? Do you like to play? Do you like to watch TV? Do you like to take a bath? I like your toy an leash. ~Elle

: I liked getting your letter with so many good questions. I am 11 years old now, and I still like to play and go to the park. I watch TV, but I like being outside running around the best. Woof! Meli

Q: Dear Meli, My group read your book "The Problem with Meli" this week. What time do you go to bed? Where did you get the blanket with your name on it? Do you bark anymore? Do you have a garage? Does Ron like to take you outside? I like when you barked at 6 o'clock p.m. Do you like having a neighborhood? ~Will

: Thanks for writing to me! Do you like to get letters? In answer to your question, I go to be at 10 pm. That seems late, but I take a lot of naps during the day. Woof! Meli

Meli woud love to hear about your favorite genres to read! You can let her know in your letters along with any more questions. And don’t miss the NEW Meli books in the Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Guided Reading Collection

Please be sure to send your letters to Meli c/o The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Team, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, NH 03801. And don't forget to Tweet your questions to @FountasPinnell with #FPAskMeli.

See you soon!

~Meli and The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team

October 19. 2017

Successful Learning Communities Start with a Vision

What is your school's vision? Does everyone in your school have the same goals? What tools do you need to accomplish your vision?

Join us on Thursday, 10/26 at 8:00 p.m. (EST) for a Twitter Chat to discuss this important topic. In the meantime, take a moment to read this message from Fountas and Pinnell to learn what they envision a successful literacy community to look like.

OUR VISION

The schools we envision recognize every child’s right to grow up literate as a member of a dynamic learning community that values the richness of linguistic, ethnic, and cultural diversity. Members of the school community are treated and treat others with empathy, kindness, and respect. Students are motivated to investigate new ideas that fuel intellectual curiosity and act as powerful agents in their own learning. Because when students are fully engaged and feel a sense of joy in their own learning, they achieve a higher level of literacy.

The resources within Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ was built on this vision, and through the dynamic literacy education these resources offer, students come to understand their physical, social, and emotional world and their roles as informed global citizens—hallmarks of the literate lives they can lead. 

Does their vision match that of your school's? Join your fellow colleagues and Fountas and Pinnell next Thursday on Twitter to learn more about how to turn a vision into a reality. @FountasPinnell #FPLiteracy

~The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team

Join the fastest growing community in the field of literacy education. Get your free membership and stay up to date on the latest news and resources from Fountas and Pinnell at www.fountasandpinnell.com

For a well-organized, searchable archive of FAQs and discussions that are monitored by Fountas and Pinnell-trained consultants, go to our Discussion Board at www.fountasandpinnell.com/forum 

For more collaborative conversation, join the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Facebook Learning Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/FountasPinnell/ 


October 12. 2017

Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Core Values: A Vision for Literacy Education

In order to build a successful school community in which all members are treated and treat others with empathy, kindness, and respect while recognizing every child's right to grow up literate, everyone must all share the same vision and goals. 

Fountas and Pinnell believe that through dynamic literacy education that exemplifies common beliefs and core values, students will come to understand their physical, social, and emotional world and their roles as informed global citizens, which are hallmarks of the literate lives they can lead. Below are the 10 Core Values on which Fountas and Pinnell's work is based. Do these values reflect those of your school?

Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Core Values
Schools are places where STUDENTS:
  • 1. Act as members of a cohesive learning community that sustains their literacy growth and success.
  • 2. Engage in authentic inquiry within and beyond the classroom walls to ignite their intellectual curiosity and expand their knowledge of the world and of others.
  • 3. Believe in themselves and their own ability to acquire and use language and literacy for learning and enjoyment.
  • 4. Read, and think, talk, and write every day about relevant content that engages their heart and minds.
  • 5. Read, and think, talk, and write about texts that are culturally sensitive, reflect the diversity in our world, and vary in genre, content, and perspective.
Schools are places where TEACHERS:
  • 6. Implement a coherent set of evidence-based instructional practices in whole-class, small-group, and individual contexts.
  • 7. Make expert instructional decisions based on evidence gained from systematic observation and ongoing assessment data.
  • 8. Work as a team to take collective responsibility for the high achievement of every student in a widely diverse population.
  • 9. Act as members of a community with a common vision, common goals, and a strong belief that their work can transform children's lives through literacy.
  • 10. Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to their own professional learning and to supporting the learning of their colleagues and team members.

To discover the valuable tools and resources that were created in alignment with these values, visit www.fountasandpinnell.com.

 ~The Fountas & PInnell Literacy™ Team
October 4. 2017

VIDEO: The Story of The Literacy Continuum

The Literacy Continuum is at the center of all Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ resources. It contains the text demands, competencies, and behaviors on which such valuable resources as Leveled Literacy Intervention, Benchmark Assessment Systems, and Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ were built. In order to implement these resources effectively, you must intimately understand this indispensable literacy tool.

This video shows the story of how The Literacy Continuum was conceptualized, and how it can be used to guide your assessment, activate responsive teaching, and support your students on their language and literacy journeys. 

This is The Literacy Continuum.


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The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team

Join the fastest growing community in the field of literacy education. Get your free membership and stay up to date on the latest news and resources from Fountas and Pinnell at www.fountasandpinnell.com

For a well-organized, searchable archive of FAQs and discussions that are monitored by Fountas and Pinnell-trained consultants, go to our Discussion Board at www.fountasandpinnell.com/forum 

For more collaborative conversation, join the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Facebook Learning Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/FountasPinnell/ 

September 29. 2017

Twitter Chat RECAP: Building Your Classroom Community

On Thursday, September 28, Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell hosted a Twitter Chat about Building Your Classroom Community. People from all over the country logged in to share their thoughts about this important topic. Followers engaged in a discussion ranging from what a successful literacy learning community looks like, to the importance of predictability in the classroom. Some favorite tweets included: More...