December 16. 2016
Teaching is the opportunity to help students expand their processing power in a way that is generative.
December 15. 2016
Responsive teaching meets each students where they are and brings them forward with intention and precision.
December 14. 2016
Close observation of reading behaviors enables teachers to teach the child, not the book or program. The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. © 2017 by Fountas and Pinnell.
December 13. 2016
Your role in independent reading is to ensure that students consistently select books they can read with understanding and fluency, and to have conversations with them about those books. You may be tempted to prescribe book choices, but this can result in a mechanical approach to reading as a “task.” Without genuine choice they will never experience the authentic role of a reader. At the same time, the ability to choose appropriate books is not something you can expect students to know how to do. It is something you need to teach. Communicate to students that choosing a just-right book, not a difficult book, is the expectation for independent reading.
Teach students these 7 ways of judging a book choice:
• Decide if the book is just right to read independently by reading a little at the beginning or middle
• Think about the topic of the book to see if it peaks your interest
• Read a bit of the book to get a feel for the author’s style and the language
• Ask peers/teachers for recommendations
• Look at the book cover, back cover, book flaps and illustrations
• Think about the author and what you may already know about the author
• Give the book a good chance.
Excerpted from LLI Red System Choice Library Guide to Independent Reading
December 12. 2016
What teachers know and understand as they make minute-by-minute decisions within the act of teaching will make the biggest difference in student learning.
December 9. 2016
With assessment, teachers learn what students know. With The Literacy Continuum, teachers know what students need to know next.
December 8. 2016
You want your students to process a complex text with proficiency and ease. That means that daily reading will be a satisfying and pleasurable experience.
December 7. 2016
With assessment, you learn what students know; the continuum will help you think about what they need to know next. The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. © 2017 by Fountas and Pinnell.
December 6. 2016
In exploring genre study, we advocate teaching and learning in
which students are engaged in exploration. By engaging deeply and consistently with a variety of high-quality texts, students build an internal foundation of
information on which they can base further learning. They learn how to develop
genre understandings and can apply their thinking to any genre.
Genre study is a foundational inquiry that involves several steps
and gives students the tools they need to navigate a variety of texts with deep
Try these six broad steps in genre study:
1. Collect a set of high-quality mentor texts that are clear
examples of the genre.
2. Immerse students in several clear examples of the genre in
various instructional contexts.
3. Study the common characteristics that are always and often
evident of the genre.
4. Define the genre using the list of characteristics to create a
short working definition.
5. Teach specific mini lessons on the genre characteristics.
6. Read and Revise the lists and definition as needed and expand
students’ genre understanding.
When students understand genre, they can engage more deeply with
texts. To learn more about genre study through inquiry-based learning, please
reference Genre Study: Teaching with
Fiction and Nonfiction Books
December 5. 2016
In a sense, the classroom is a sheltered environment within a noisy world where everything interferes with high-level intellectual discourse and time for reading and writing. But in these short years students have a chance to live a literate life that expands their empathy, curiosity, and competencies. Literacy is their job.