So if you've been reading for awhile you would know that I will be implementing Daily 5 this year with my cooperating teacher for student teaching. She wanted me to read the book so we could both be ready for this year (We moved up a grade and they are already using this). I'm pretty excited and thought this would be a good motivator to read the book.
Although upon starting, I realized I don't need much motivation (LOL) I'm already way far ahead....not the point :)
Here are a few framing questions to ponder about Chapter One:
1. On pages 4-6, the authors present two different pictures of their classrooms. In thinking about and reflecting on your own practice, how would you characterize your literacy block? Does it look more like the first or second scenario, or is it somewhere in between? How will you change it?
The classroom I was in, used a version of corners (kinda like centers) and the students were very independent! We hardly had any interruptions in our reading groups although this was at the end of the year so they had had plenty of practice :)
I think after being the classroom the independence is something key to classroom success and I'm glad to start implementing Daily 5 so I can see it from the beginning. Giving the students independence really showed me that students can be accountable for what they are suppose to do and you do not have to monitor them constantly. I find this pretty revolutionary just because of the general idea of teaching and education but I also find it fantastic and this books gives a great way to start/ease in that seems so productive for so many teachers!
2. The typical teacher is very busy having students do lots of different activities. How is what you are having students do now in your classroom creating quality readers and writers?
I think the important part of this question for me is "Quality" readers and writers. Giving students lots of busy work does not equal QUALITY! Teaching them specific things to be good readers and writers (and actually wanting them to be!!!) is what teachers often strive for but do not know how to get there. Daily 5 seems like a great way to start! Quality readers and writers aren't built by endless worksheets just to prove data. Starting with their habits and teaching them a love for reading and writing can build a solid foundation for students for years to come. This can also make the literacy block more enjoyable that rotating around to centers or completing tasks that students do not see as relevant, which makes them less likely to be done
3. What sets the Daily 5 structure apart from what you are doing in your classroom?
Well I know I don't really have my own classroom, but I think I can answer from a general perspective. I think it gives the literacy block structure and meaning. Goals for the students to become readers and writers are accomplished and we have a path to do it. I think some teachers just use what they think will work because they are accountable for student success but actually giving some independence to students you would be surprised the results!
Head over to
http://seusstastic.blogspot.com/ to link up for yourself! Hope everyone is enjoying the book as much as I am :)
(I, too, have stole this. I'm sure everyone knows what it means)
A great link up put on by Mrs. Stanford's Class! First, I totally agree with the robot comments she mentioned! It is easily removed (so we don't have to keep proving we are human :)
My pet peeves:
1. Music on blogs...I like music and all but when I'm blogging I want to read and this just gets me distracted (that is not hard to do but still.........)
2. Blogging about a TON of giveaways (yes I was guilty in beginning my blog) but if you can put a bunch of them together that I find more helpful!
Link up and share your pet peeves!!!