1. Do you trust your students? How do you build this trust? Are you able to trust them and allow them to be independent throughout all aspects of your day? Are you going to be able to stay out of their way?
I trust my students to an extent. Whenever I leave my sub plans, I always include a "Reliable Students" bullet. But kids are kids-some can handle independence and some just need those gentle reminders.
I think it will be difficult to stay out of their way initially-I would want to go and remind the kids who not looking at their books to help us stay on task. But I need to remember our goal that first few weeks will be progress, not perfection.
2. How much choice do you give your students throughout the day? Do you go over your daily schedule with your students or is it just 'posted' in the room?
I did Daily 5 last year with a 1-2 split so they had choices during our literacy block. I'm
3. How are you going to create that sense of community where students will hold each other accountable?
I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else wrote, because this one is kinda hard for me. I think first and foremost it begins with the modeling-while you're having one child model incorrect behaviors, have another one nearby modeling correct behaviors. Have the class talk about how distracting it was when the kid couldn't read for someone being up, flipping through books without even trying, and being noisy. Talk about how our behavior affects others...if I don't teach them all their letters and sounds, when they go to first grade that affects the first grade teacher. Let them know that in the room we all have jobs-just like a real community.
4. Student ownership in learning? How do you instill this in every child?
I think this piggybacks onto #3. If children are able to see, hear, and articulate how they must be diligent, it helps them understand why they are at school. I would also like for them to bring in a favorite book from home (or maybe two). I think if they have items in their book boxes that are theirs, they (might) be more inclined to care for it properly. I also think if they can read a favorite book from home during Read to Someone, it will help keep them focused. (Hopefully.)
5. Stamina! How are you going to build stamina with reading? independent work? Will you use a timer? Will you set goals?
I like the idea of introducing the term stamina to the kids. If most of them have never heard it before, and they learn it together, I think this will help build community (a common experience together). I would like to set the initial goal of three minutes, and use a timer-but I plan to keep the timer to myself. I want them engrossed in books, not looking at a timer.
I can't wait to hear what everyone else says...there is so much creativity in this group!