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6/6/2018
Topic:
Balanced Literacy & Cross-Curricular Resources

TeacherJC
TeacherJC
Our district implements the balanced literacy frameworks in our K-4 classrooms. We use the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System to determine instructional levels and goals for our students (it's fabulous). We also use philosophies & research from other resources from Fountas & Pinnell to guide instruction, such as Guiding Readers and Writers, Phonics resources, LLI, etc. (all equally as fabulous). As we implement balanced literacy minutes (suggested by our state and various other resources), our administrators are having a difficult time making instructional minutes work "on paper", across the curriculum. We want our teachers to have realistic schedules that include transitions, all subject areas, and RTI. We understand that integration is key. However, making this appear realistic on a schedule is difficult. Are there any suggestions on how to best make scheduling more feasible for teachers? Thank you in advance!
9/11/2018
Topic:
Level Cap

TeacherJC
TeacherJC
Our district is using the BAS to guide our instruction in grades K-4. Through the research & guidance of Fountas & Pinnell, we have put a text level cap on administering the assessment (one grade level above). We agree and understand that this is due to the large amount of comprehension strategies that need to be implemented with the students during instruction. And, the text components & language aren't suitable for a student (above the "one grade level above" cap). However, we've had some teachers concerned about guided reading and feeling like they're holding their students back by not allowing the text to be more than one grade level above. We have given the information above to the teachers (about comprehension & appropriateness).
-What is the research that Fountas & Pinnell use to support this philosophy? I'd like to use this with my teachers.
-Are there exceptions, where students can be instructed more than one grade level above (for example, gifted students)?
Thank you for your time & response!
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