Thank you so much for joining us and sharing your Daily 5 ideas and experiences!
I am so excited to implement the Daily 5 into my classroom this upcoming school year.
I have taught second grade for the past 18 years and I have felt that my students became better readers throughout the year... however...I've wondered... "Did they love our literature block... did they feel like writers?... as for me as the teacher... it seems to take more patience, more 'creative' activities to engage them and more energy from me... and I'm getting OLD!! Each year, my students seem to have more on their personal plates from the home... more concerns...and less academic support and expectations. My sweet co-workers of 15 years (they are more like my sisters) and I decided we need to head BACK TO THE BASICS!! This is where my enthusiasm for the Daily 5 comes in. I think the philosophy behind the program is terrific.... Kids reading during reading time, writing during writing time and feeling they are the ones CHOOSING to become a better student. Many of my students are not getting the reading practice at home... with parental support and academic help and TIME. That is a basic skill students MUST have to become successful, confident, positive readers, right? Well they are going to get the practice time, at the right level in a positive, successful atmosphere... our CLASSROOM! (when I've mastered this awesome Daily 5 resource)
Of course each classroom always has the dream student that comes from the dream family with dream parents ... the Daily 5 will be a dream for that student also. They will continue to develop independent literacy habits and a love of learning and literature.
I love figure 1-1... Management: How We Have Evolved
I found myself giggling as I read each situation ... I could relate... I experienced many myself ( I still believe that MY tools on MY desk are for ME...
I provide many for kid hands around the room j/k ;)
Are you ready to change the atomosphere and roles of your classroom...from trying to "manage" students, rushing around the room putting out fires, to creating routines and procedures that fostered independent literacy behaviors that were ingrained to the point of being habits?
The Daily 5 is a student driven management structure designed to fully engage students in reading and writing. I want to start day one... while setting the daily structure and building community within our classroom.
My hope is to help my students develop independent literacy habits!!
This little Monkey is my mascot for my classroom ( my hair is very similar to his ;)
I created these little posters to match the rest of my classroom decor.
I used the valuable information on page 11 (figure 1-2).
Read to Yourself
Read to Someone
Work on Writing
Listen to Reading
I'm sure there are many posters out in blogville, however, if you find this monkey as adorable as I do... you are welcome to print yourself a copy for your first school day!!
Daily 5 posters
Just a bit to think about... after you fill up your glass with an ice cold Diet Coke...
What routines do you have in your current classroom...
What routines do you WANT to have in your upcoming classroom...
What do you have to implement/change to get there?
I believe this book will help us all become stronger, positive, productive teachers!
Thank you Gail Boushey and Joan Moser for sharing your talents with us!!
I look forward to reading my sweet blogfriend's ideas and goals in the next few chapters... so I can really understand and create a better system to offer my kiddos.
Be sure to hop on over to
Cheryl, (she is up next week with ideas on Chapter 2)
and Lindsey's blog
to get their perspective also.
Please link up with us and share your Daily 5 experiences, thoughts, concerns and goals.