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August 31. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 08/31/2016

A learner might make tremendous gains in one area while seeming to almost "stand still" in another. It's our job to provide these learning opportunities and guide their attention so that learning in one area supports learning in others.

(Excerpted from The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. © 2017 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.)

August 30. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 08/30/2016

Every child, every single day, should have the opportunity to read many texts with understanding and fluency. Within a community of readers and writers, that can happen.

August 29. 2016

Making Your Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) Conferences Efficient and Informative

This is the time of year for getting to know each of your new students as unique individuals in your classroom community. Your BAS conference is a wonderful opportunity to spend a short time with each child to get a big payoff.

Think about the following tips as they may help you establish more efficient and informative BAS conferences with your students. More...

August 29. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 08/29/2016

Investment in continuous professional learning with a focus on creating a culture of teacher growth in our schools will be transformative to literacy instruction.

August 26. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 08/26/2016

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.

excerpted from Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades, Second Edition. © 2017 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

August 25. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 08/25/2016

Effective teaching is responsive to the learners. It means that you are able to notice the strengths of individuals and build on their competencies. Instead of expecting them to be where you are, you have to bring the teaching to where they are.

excerpted from Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades, Second Edition. © 2017 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

August 24. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 08/24/2016

When teachers respond precisely to students' observable behaviors, they meet students where they are and lead them forward with intention and precision.