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November 6. 2017

Daily Lit Bit - 11/6/15

Whether you are teaching prekindergarteners to recognize individual letters in their names or you are teaching sixth graders to recognize bias in the language of a persuasive text, your work is transformative. It’s demanding, challenging, and at times altogether frustrating. But your work as a teacher of literacy is also worthwhile and important because it transforms the lives of children.

November 3. 2017

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  • Live Webinars. These informative webinars are hosted by Fountas and Pinnell themselves. Search the Resource Library on to find recordings of past webinars on a full range of topics, and as a member you will receive notices for upcoming live webinars as they are scheduled. 
  • The Discussion Board. This forum is a place to find answers to all your questions regarding content, release dates, general queries, and more. You can start by searching the immense database of already-asked-and-answered questions. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can post your question and expect a quick answer from one of our trained consultants who are constantly monitoring. 
  • Resource Library. This library contains video, study guides, instructional tools, product samplers, product updates, and so much more. If you’re looking for something, you will most likely be able to find in in this wonderful resource. 
  • FAQ Friday. Some questions are more frequently asked than others. Check the homepage every Friday to find the answers to the most burning questions. 
  • Teacher Tips. These useful, actionable tips are posted every Tuesday on the homepage.
  • Lit Bits. Each day, visit the homepage and get a little dose of inspiration from these shareable, daily quotes from Fountas and Pinnell.

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November 3. 2017

FAQ Friday: How Long is a Shared Reading Lesson?

Q: How long is a Shared Reading lesson?

A: You should spend 10 minutes each day doing shared reading, and each shared reading book should be revisited several times over multiple days.  How many days you stay with a book depends on how engaged the students are with the text.

Example lesson:

  • Day/sitting 1– teacher reads and discusses text to the children and children read the whole text with the teacher
  • Day/sitting 2 – children read the text with the teacher (may be for a different purpose or the same as the day before) and discuss
  • Day/sitting 3 or more – children read the text with the teacher for various purposes until the teacher feels it is time to move to another book.

There is not just one way to do shared reading and it is not really a straight linear progression.  You may revisit a book more than once and target something different each time.  You can also reread the same book during a different sitting in the same day.

November 1. 2017

Daily Lit Bit - 11/1/17

Collaborative inquiry is coming together with colleagues and delving into what students' behaviors mean. What evidence shows they're making progress? How can I tell if something is going wrong? How can I fix it? By looking at The Literacy Continuum together as a tool to engage in that process, the collaborative inquiry, it makes colleagues of us all.