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gwendolyn_ressler
gwendolyn_ressler
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11 days ago
Working with a teacher who last year only ran Cafe (Daily 5) conferences with students on their self selected books. Our district is now requiring all K-6 teachers implement Guided Reading after receiving Fountas and Pinnell training. I see benefits of both approaches but also see them as quite different. Wondering what the F&P Literacy Team or others would say about the benefits of Guided Reading over/vs. Cafe style conferencing.
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Xtina
Xtina
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11 days ago
Xtina
Xtina
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Our school is also moving toward guided reading. I see both conferring and guided reading happening during the readers' workshop. One of the days the teacher could put in time to confer during independent reading with individual readers. This is especially helpful for those students that are reading above benchmark and need less daily instruction. The greatest benefit of a GR group is you can instruct multiple students at about the same level working on the same reading behaviors, more "bang for your buck". Also, GR group instruction is at the students' instructional level. Most of the conferring teachers do is with independent books that are self-selected. GR is where the explicit teaching takes place. Conferring is a good way to confirm your teaching and reinforce what you have already taught.
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Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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11 days ago
gwendolyn_ressler wrote:
Working with a teacher who last year only ran Cafe (Daily 5) conferences with students on their self selected books. Our district is now requiring all K-6 teachers implement Guided Reading after receiving Fountas and Pinnell training. I see benefits of both approaches but also see them as quite different. Wondering what the F&P Literacy Team or others would say about the benefits of Guided Reading over/vs. Cafe style conferencing.


You are right they are different and each has an important role in literacy instruction. The design of Responsive Literacy Teaching illustrates that Independent Reading (IR) and conferring are (and have always been) included in the FP model. http://www.fountasandpinnell.com/resourcelibrary/resource?id=370
Look under the Explore/Classroom Resources tab for more information about the IR part of the Fountas and Pinnell Classroom model. www.fountasandpinnell.com/fpc/
Best wishes for success!
Debbie
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Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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11 days ago
Xtina wrote:
Our school is also moving toward guided reading. I see both conferring and guided reading happening during the readers' workshop. One of the days the teacher could put in time to confer during independent reading with individual readers. This is especially helpful for those students that are reading above benchmark and need less daily instruction. The greatest benefit of a GR group is you can instruct multiple students at about the same level working on the same reading behaviors, more "bang for your buck". Also, GR group instruction is at the students' instructional level. Most of the conferring teachers do is with independent books that are self-selected. GR is where the explicit teaching takes place. Conferring is a good way to confirm your teaching and reinforce what you have already taught.

Thank you for providing your helpful tips!
Debbie
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