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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 More...

December 20. 2017

Ask Meli! December, 2017

It's time for school to break for the holidays, so Meli wanted to be sure to wish you all healthy, happy, and FUN days off! She received many letters over the past year, and every single one of them have filled her heart with joy. She's so happy to know that children all over the world are practicing their reading and writing, and enjoying it! Keep it up! 

Here are some questions from her friends at Woodland Elementary East in Gages Lake, Illinois. More...

December 14. 2017

Season's Greetings from Fountas and Pinnell!

Season’s Greetings!

The best part of the holiday season is acknowledging those who make our lives meaningful. We want to take the time to recognize your dedication to teaching and learning, and for all you do to enhance the lives of your students through literacy.
 
As 2017 draws to a close, we have been thinking about how important it is to celebrate the progress of our students and the growing expertise each of us has been able to achieve this year.  May you enjoy some time for reflection, renewal, relaxation, and fellowship this holiday season. 
 
Wishing you a world of warm wishes,
Irene Fountas, Gay Su Pinnell and the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team

December 7. 2017

Early Intervention Leads to Long-Term Success


Over the past few months you’ve been engaging your kindergarten students in rich literacy opportunities, including interactive read-aloud, shared reading, interactive writing, and writing workshop. You're starting to see how they're progressing so far on their short literacy journey. But you might find that some of your young readers are struggling. Is it too early to start intervention? Definitely not. More...


November 30. 2017

Ask Meli! November, 2017

Meli took some time over the holiday break to catch up on some of her mail! With a belly full of turkey scraps, she settled down to read through your well-written letters. You all are doing so great with your writing and reading! Here are a few examples from her friends in Fonda, NY from Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School. 

Q: My favorite book is Meli at the Pet Shop. Does Meli have a brother or sister? Meli do you behave? ~Anthony

: I loved getting your letter! I do not have a brother or sister. I try to behave as well as I can, but sometimes it's just so hard! When I do behave well, I get peanut butter as a treat. Yum! Woof! ~Meli More...

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. More...

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. More...


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 More...