I was so happy when a good friend and colleague showed me what she had been working on at her school. This poster is displayed in the library and classrooms. Teachers are trying to teach students to look for qualities in books vs choosing a book by its level. This is so important so that we can enable children to look for real books in the real world.(un-leveled) They are also better able to choose just right books they are interested in. Thank you LB for sharing your thinking!
Even Fountas and Pinell who created the widely used assessment state: “We did not intend for levels to become a label for children that would take us back to the days of the bluebirds and the blackbirds or the jets and the piper cubs. Our intention was to put the tool in the hands of educators who understood their characteristics and used it to select appropriate books for differentiated instruction.” Read the article here
Interested in more about this topic? Read this book! Beyond Leveled Books by Karen Szymusiak, Franki Sibberson, and Lisa Koch