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August 17. 2018

FAQ Friday: Is There a Digital Way to Take a Reading Record?

Q: Is there a digital way to take a reading record?

A: Yes. The Benchmark Assessment System Reading Record App (RRA) allows teachers to conduct assessments on their iPads instead of using the printed Recording Forms. Use of the RRA requires an in-app purchase. Search for "Fountas and Pinnell" in the Apple iTunes store.

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August 14. 2018

Teacher Tip: Establish Routines in the Classroom

From school entry to the end of elementary school, they key to teaching students to make good choices is to establish and teach routines for each activity in the classroom. A routine is a set of actions or steps that you repeat for accomplishing something. Don't have too many routines and don't make them too complex because even intermediate or middle-level students can find it difficult to remember a long list. During the first week of school, demonstrate and teach a few routines to get started, and then use them over and over.

From Guiding Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Copyright (c) 2017 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Published by Heinemann.

August 9. 2018

FAQ Friday: What Is the ODMS?

Q: What is the ODMS?

A: The ODMS, or Online Data Management System, is a web-based system for managing and sharing assessment data. It enables you to collect, analyze and report data on whole-class and individual progress, monitor progress, evaluate effectiveness of instruction, share data, and customize reports. A one-year trial is included in your purchase of Fountas & Pinnell ClassroomGuided Reading Collection, Benchmark Assessment System, Sistema de evaluación de la lectura, or Leveled Literacy Intervention.

Read more about it here: http://www.fountasandpinnell.com/resourcelibrary/id/418

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August 8. 2018

4 Ways to Prepare for Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™

Your school has just invested in Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™, and you’re wondering where to begin. Before you start tearing boxes open to get to those wonderful materials, it’s important to take the time to come up with an action plan. Below are some of the steps that are recommended you take before you even start taking off the tape!

You can find an Interactive Action Plan for preparing for Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC) HERE. Below is a short breakdown of this plan and how to use it to get started! 

Step 1: Define Your Vision and Values

In Step 1 of the Interactive Action Plan, you will define and record your values and goals. Defining your values establishes a foundation upon which to build your instructional priorities and instructional plan. You will first review and reflect on Fountas and Pinnell’s Core Values. You might find that you share the same values or perhaps you might want to use them to guide the decisions you make.  Then you will take time to envision and name the values you have for literacy instruction in your own classroom. 

Step 2: Set Your Goals

Let your core values established in Step 1 form the backbone of your decisions and lead you to set instructional goals that reinforce those values. In Step 2 from the Interactive Action Plan, you’ll have the opportunity to identify and prioritize your implementation and instructional goals through a self-assessment of your current literacy instruction.

Step 3: Get to Know Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™

Use Step 3 in the Interactive Action Plan to get to know FPC and get familiar with all of the instructional contexts that are in the system. Here, is where you would also take the time to get familiar with The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, which is the instructional anchor for every goal, book, and lesson in FPC. The Literacy Continuum is a mandatory tool for being able to implement this system effectively, so it’s critical to get to know it as much as you can. Here is a link to a Study Guide if you’re not sure where to start.  In this step, you will also map out an implementation plan, as well as identify professional learning needs and opportunities.

Step 4: Plan Your Literacy Time

Time for literacy is critical, but finding time to fit it all in can be a challenge. It will help to create a literacy schedule in advance, which is what you will do in Step 4 of the Interactive Action Plan. You will plan a week (or weeks) in your Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ using examples to get you started. Thoughtful and intentional planning is needed to ensure efficient, engaging, and effective literacy opportunities in your classroom. 

This Interactive Action Plan is sure to prepare you for the implementation of this exciting new literacy system. But Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is not just a literacy system, it is a journey—a journey that will transform your classroom, your teaching, and the literacy lives of your students. So congratulations on the journey ahead!

~The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Team

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