January 11. 2017
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.
January 10. 2017
Guided reading is not a static concept; the materials, teacher decisions,
and interactive framework change over time as students grow in knowledge,
skill, and independence, and teachers become more experienced. Fountas and
Pinnell believe that teacher expertise and the professional development that
supports it is the only way to raise student achievement. High-quality, highly
effective implementation of guided reading involves a process of
Each time you work with a small group of students, you can learn a
little more and hone your teaching skills. For example, in guided reading
lessons, the goal is to teach the reader, not the text.
Think about how your language interactions with
readers support the ability of each student to initiate problem-solving
actions. Ask yourself: How does my language support pass control to the reader?
What have I taught the readers how to do today that they will be able to do
with other texts? Remember, reflective teaching is rewarding because you are
learning from teaching.
To read more about guided
reading, and to ponder the challenges and opportunities that come from its implementation, pick up a copy of the NEW Guided Reading, Second Edition.
You can also sign up for a FREE LIVE Webinar with Fountas and Pinnell on January 11 at 4:00 p.m. where the focus will be on teaching for comprehension across guided reading lessons. And don't forget to join us the next night on January 12 at 8:00 p.m. for a LIVE Twitter Chat with Fountas and Pinnell using #FPLiteracy to discuss more on Guided Reading!
Excerpted and adapted from "Guided Reading: The Romance and the
Reality published in Reading Teacher," (Dec/Jan 2012)
January 9. 2017
We enter texts with expectations that have everything to do with our enjoyment, appreciation (or dislike), and the meaning we take from them. Genre Study. © 2012 by Fountas and Pinnell.
January 6. 2017
Observation of literacy behaviors should drive your next teaching move.
January 5. 2017
High-impact teaching occurs when teachers understand what proficient readers and writers know how to do.
January 4. 2017
Facilitative language provides us with opportunities for powerful, responsive teaching.
January 3. 2017
Literature study enables students to help one another learn. Our goal is always student independence. We want individual students to take responsibility, manage themselves as learners, complete tasks, and discover how to learn on their own. At the same time, we recognize that learning is interdependent.
We want our students to participate in learning groups in which they can contribute to the learning of others. The key characteristics of effective literature study are selecting texts, forming groups, establishing routines, facilitating discussion and varying the organizational models. Select a great variety of high-quality texts specifically for literature discussion.
Select texts for literature study that:
• Are developmentally appropriate.
• “Teach” and “stretch.”
• Include layers of meaning.
• Exemplify worthwhile issues.
• Reflect a variety of perspectives.
• Represent our diverse world.
• Encompass a variety of authors/illustrators.
• Encompass a variety of genres, formats, and levels.
• Exemplify special features.
Excerpted with adaptations from Guiding Readers and Writers. To learn more about selecting texts and other key characteristics of effective literature study reference Fountas and Pinnell’s professional books.
January 2. 2017
Facilitate the opportunity for students to expand their literacy power in a way that is generative.
December 30. 2016
Use language that confirms the reader’s precise reading behaviors & enable him to develop new ways of thinking.
December 29. 2016
The key to effective teaching is your ability to make different decisions for different students at different points in time.