March 29. 2017
The ideas and images that students meet in texts shape their lives and values.
March 28. 2017
Many children have gone to daycare or been part of play groups, but for some, prekindergarten is their first experience with a group read-aloud. With careful teaching, even young children new to school can follow these simple routines. Again, you will find methods of teaching that fit your class, but here's a general approach that is effective:
- Demonstrate the behavior yourself. Describe it in words that are simple. Tell children why it is important.
- Have two or three children demonstrate the behavior while the others watch (maybe in a circle). Have everyone clap when they do it well.
- Have everyone demonstrate the behavior and clap for themselves.
- Insist on the behavior every time with gentle reminders and more demonstration as needed. (If you constantly allow deviations, children will become confused about your expectations.)
- Give specific praise to the children when they demonstrate the expected behavior.
- Use positive commands whenever possible; tell children what to so rather than what not to do.
Adapted from Literacy Beginnings by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Copyright (c) 2011 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Published by Heinemann.
March 27. 2017
Books should act as a connection to all humanity and be at the center of every literacy classroom.
March 24. 2017
Interactive read-aloud should expand vocabulary and nurture the ability to think, talk, and writing about texts that will fully engage students' interests.
March 23. 2017
Interactive read-aloud provides consistent demonstrations of how reading should sound so students can develop a concept of phrased, fluent reading.
March 21. 2017
Fluency is a critical aspect of our students' development as readers, and we cannot assume that they will develop it on their own. Many children will require careful teaching in whole-group, small-group, and individual contexts; the lens of fluency can be applied to all three. Here are 12 suggestions for supporting fluent reading through whole-class instruction:
- Provide consistent, daily demonstrations of fluent phrased reading.
- Draw students' attention to aspects of fluency as you have demonstrated them in each interactive read-aloud.
- Focus on the meaning of the text, and reflect the meaning with your voice.
- Demonstrate rereading to gain fuller understanding.
- Draw attention to language that evokes images or has a poetic quality.
- Use shared reading of a common enlarged text.
- Teach students to use partner reading.
- Use readers' theater to help students find the "voice" in dialogue.
- Engage the whole class in choral reading of poems and longer texts.
- Have students select some poems to memorize.
- Provide many easy books in the classroom library that students can "sail through" for pleasure.
- Create a listening center with audio books.
Adapted from Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Copyright (c) 2006 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Published by Heinemann.
March 20. 2017
Interactive read-aloud is at the heart of literacy instruction in the classroom.
March 17. 2017
On Thursday, March 16, Heinemann hosted a Twitter Chat in which they interviewed authors Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell about the role of Interactive Read-Aloud (IRA) in their newest system, Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC). People from all over the country followed along in order to learn more about putting Interactive Read-Aloud into action with this exciting, first-of-its-kind, cohesive system for high-quality classroom-based literacy instruction. Followers learned about everything from the importance of Interactive Read-Aloud within a classroom literacy system to how teachers can engage readers in meaningful discussion through IRA. They also learned about the resources that make up the IRA component in FPC, such as the content that makes up the lessons and the process in which the books were chosen. Some favorite tweets included:
"Reading aloud to students is not a luxury but a necessity."
"All students can think and talk about the text, even if they can't read it it for themselves."
"Reading aloud is an essential foundation of a good language and literature system."
To read the whole chat, click the link below. And mark your calendars to log in on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 8 p.m. (EST) as we continue the exciting chat series on Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™!
March 17. 2017
Books should spark discussion and help students engage in meaningful conversation.
March 16. 2017
Reading aloud supports learning in every other area of learning.