Thursday, June 21, 2012

Daily 5 Chapter 2

So I'm a day late, but we'll call it "fashionably late".  :)

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 nervous interested in seeing what will happen with this year's class.  Every class has differences and so I will have to design what's best for the kids.  But we always go over the schedule-and they're good about reminding me if we're running short on time--especially to lunch or recess!

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!


  1. You made two good points when you noted that students may be more apt to pay attention/stay focused during Read to Someone if they have favorite books/books from home. I certainly think that plays a role in a child's desire to begin (and continue) reading. It's something I'll be adapting in my classroom this fall, too.

    And yes, if they have texts in their book boxes from home, they will (more than likely) treat them better. My kiddos guarded personal items like their lives depended on I guess a challenge for many of us will be emphasizing that books are like gold, too, and should be treated as such.

    As for how to explain that concept to 5 and 6 year olds? Well, I need to give that a bit more thought :)

  2. You are too kind, Mrs. K! Have you ever read "The Bee Tree" by Patricia Polacco? It totally goes with your idea about treating books like gold. It's a little wordy for Ks, so you may have to adapt the words, but they will love the story of chasing the bees. Hope you're having a great summer-thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. I can't wait to see what kind of class I have this year too! You are right, every class is so different! I had such a smart, independent K class and they made everything so easy for me last year! Thanks for linking up :)


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