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Seminar ImageResponsive Teaching During Guided Reading Instruction: Fountas & Pinnell Classroom


Developed by Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas
Based on their PD resource, Guided Reading, Second Edition: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades
Recommended Grade Level: Grades K-6

Through this interactive seminar focus, participants will explore how to meet the individual needs of students during guided reading instruction. Participants will engage in activities that will help them identify student strengths and needs through the use of observation and running records. Participants will practice observing students and determining teaching decisions based on their observations. Learning from each session will be directly applied through work with case study students in between seminar sessions.

Seminar Goals

Participants will:

  • Explore how to plan for more effective guided reading lessons.
  • Explore how responding to teaching will guide teaching decisions.
  • Explore how to assess and manage dynamic guided reading groups over the course of the year.
  • Learn how to monitor student progress over time through observation and running/reading records.
  • Learn how to analyze books using Ten Text Characteristics.
  • Develop a working knowledge of reading as a complex process.
  • Use Guided Reading Responsive Teaching Across the Grades, 2nd Edition as a resource.
  • Use The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum as a tool to observe, teach for, and support effective behaviors during guided reading instruction.

Resources Needed

  • Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades, 2nd Edition
  • (Optional) The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum
  • (Optional) The Fountas & Pinnell Prompting Guides 1 and 2

Time Requirement

Three sessions: each session two hours, for a total of six hours.

For seminar pricing information, please call 800.541.2086, ext. 1402.


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