November 16. 2016
The interpretation and use of benchmark data are more important than the scores themselves.
November 15. 2016
Text introductions are critical. You need to provide just enough information to ensure that students will be able to problem-solve or process increasingly challenging texts successfully. Your job is to unlock the text, make it more accessible, and then allow readers to use their "in-the-head" systems of strategic actions to think about and problem-solve their way through the text.
The introduction should be conversational. The way you shape the conversation can help you attend to anything your students need to know how to do in relation to the text. You want to provide scaffolds that will enable readers to access the full meaning, the language, and the print.
Try this: As you plan your brief introductions, think about the reading process, the demands of the text, and the readers' strengths and needs.
Refer to Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency for suggested teaching moves to support comprehending and fluency in text introductions.
November 14. 2016
Precise observation of literacy behaviors is at the heart of effective teaching. The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. © 2017 by Fountas and Pinnell.
November 11. 2016
A noticing teacher is someone who is a very sharp observer of the nuances of what the reader's behavior is telling you, and the writer as well. A noticing teacher is constantly gathering data in great detail on the students he or she teaches.
November 10. 2016
Good readers read regularly, voluntarily, and voraciously. They read a wide variety of material with confidence and enjoyment.
November 9. 2016
Assessment is not teaching; it is gathering information for teaching.
November 8. 2016
The process of reading must be dynamically supported by an interaction of text reading and good teaching.
November 7. 2016
Close observation of reading behaviors gives evidence from which to infer a student's in-the-head strategic actions, which cannot be directly observed. The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. © 2017 by Fountas and Pinnell.
November 4. 2016
The ability to observe, analyze, and interpret reading behavior is the foundation of effective teaching.
November 3. 2016
Teachers are concerned not only about what students learn but also about how they learn. A spirit of inquiry and intellectual curiosity permeates the classroom. And the educators in the school offer a model of collaboration and continual learning.