If you’ve been following me for awhile, then you know how much I love The Sisters, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. I saw them present two years ago for The Daily 5 and last year for The CAFE Book. I’ve visited two different schools in my area who have adopted The Daily 5 and CAFE school-wide and have led workshops at my school to introduce my colleagues to it. I am passionate about spreading the wisdom of The Sisters!
Pinterest is another resources to find ideas for the Daily 5. I have a board called Teaching – Daily 5/CAFE ideas. There are 182 pins and counting! The other bloggers in this book study and I also have a collaborative board, started by Mel D of Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations. Make sure to follow us there, too!
|Me, Regie, and my friend Pat at a conference this spring|
“The work that children do in school does matter. There is probably no better measure of what children learn than an analysis of the kinds of tasks they are given. If we fill their days with an array of assignments that require them primarily to locate and remember discrete bits of information, abstract rules, and isolated skills, we should not be surprised to find they experience difficulty when asked to complete work that would require evaluating, summarizing, contrasting, discussing, composing, enacting, or responding.”
I love Figure 1-1 Management: How We Have Evolved. I can definitely relate to how I felt as a new teacher, not aware that students couldn’t do something after the very first time I asked them. One of the most powerful quotes for me was, “We wanted to change the atmosphere in our classroom and our own roles, 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,” (page 9). Isn’t that what we all want?
Figure 1-4 The Daily Five Literacy Block gives us an example of how you would structure your lessons between whole group, small group, and independent work. Here is another version of that from another district in Oregon.
|via the North Clackamas School District|
When you think about your classroom, is yours more like the first scenario in the chapter, the second, or somewhere in the middle? Do you want to spend more time in meaningful conversations with students about reading and less time trying to get students to follow directions?
Grab my little freebie and start thinking about the habits you are ready to let go of as you join our journey through The Daily 5! Link up your blog with thoughts about the Daily 5, or comment below and tell me your ideas! I’ll be back next Wednesday, June 20th, with Chapter 2!
Make sure to head on over to Mel D’s blog to see her thoughts about chapter 1, as well!
And also the Upper Elementary Book Study