Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention

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  1. LMichele

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    Does anyone have experience with this intervention program?

    I'm a MS Reading Intervention Specialist right now, but next year I am moving down to K-2 (yay!) to implement this program. My school is in the process of ordering the system and setting up training for me.

    I was just wondering if anyone has used this before, and your thoughts.
     
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  3. mopar

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    We have this in our K-4 buildings. I've never used it but I've heard great things from the teachers in these buildings.
     
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    I used it last year. I loved it. I was able to move students along very quickly with it. But I used it as my guided reading program for my 30 second graders, not the way it was intended to be used (as an intervention program).
     
  5. waterfall

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    Our title 1 teacher for K-3 uses it and has nothing but complaints. Take her comments with a grain of salt- we have been very unhappy with her as a building this year and she's been difficult to work with, so she may not be the best source but she has been teaching/coaching reading for a long time so I would hope she would at least have a lot of knowledge built up. What she says:

    -It's too low for the kids- she is always saying "this program is made for the lowest of the low kids, not kids in a title 1 program (I suppose implying it should be used for sped instead).
    -Supposedly you're only supposed to use the program with 3 kids at a time to "follow the intervention with fidelity", but in title 1 we have up to 6 kids in a group. Really small groups are reserved for sped/tier 3 interventions.
    -It's not good for ELL students, which is a HUGE percent of our student population.
    -It makes you do all 5 components of literacy, while many students needing intervention don't necessarily need all 5. I would agree with this part. We have plenty of kids who can read very fluently even above grade level, but cannot even begin to comprehend basic text. I'd rather they spend their intervention time on comprehension rather than wasting half the lesson time on phonics/fluency work that they don't need.
    -It's too "canned"/scripted- the teachers want her to work on specific skills, but again to "follow the intervention with fidelity" you can't really go off track from their plans. This also requires a certain amount of time for lessons, and typically teachers don't like title kids being pulled out for that large amount of time. However, I would say this is a problem with any scripted intervention program, so you're not going to get away from that unless they'll let you make your own stuff.

    Just some things to think about I guess- congrats on your new grade levels!
     
  6. Miss W

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    We've used it for the last 3 years. We're required to use it with our below level kids, but can also use it with those that are on or above grade level. We can also supplement with other guided reading books we have, as well as Reading atoz books. We are not required to do every thing in one lesson. We can stretch one lesson into 2, or cut out unnecessary components.
    We've had great success with the program, and it's really great for teachers who are not familiar with guided reading because it gives a very strong guide on what to do with the lessons. Each classroom has their own set, and does not share it with anyone else.
     
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    My campus has had the system for 2 years. The first year, I personally used it with my tutor kiddos. We met after school 4 times a week for 45 minutes. VERY dedicated teacher here! Haha. Anyways, my students made remarkable gains! One of the parents found me this year and just had to keep thanking me and letting me know her son was now ABOVE level in 2nd grade. That made all the extra effort and time worth it for me.
    This year, an intervention specialist is using the program... but only for 25 minutes a day. That isn't cutting it. The kids have not made any extra progress. I believe that if it is used "properly", it will be beneficial. The issue is always time.
     
  8. LMichele

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    Thanks for your input everyone!
     

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