There are six principles essential to implementing Daily 5...
TRUST. This principle develops as mutual respect between student and teacher is formed. The start of my school year begins with district anchor lessons and goals of building positive behaviors in reading and writing. Through these lessons, my students will gradually sustain more control of their learning. With each lesson introduced, students will activate their schema and rely upon their previous learning experiences to have confidence in their newly acquired skill.
I've worked to incorporate balance in my district anchor lessons and Daily 5...
CHOICE. The only choice I've provided students would be literacy tubs adapted from reading Debbie Diller's Literacy Stations. Each tub has a variety of scaffold activities for student to choose from. This is called a controlled choice. Students are still assigned a station to attend and rotate throughout the week. I love the idea of choice as presented in Daily 5. I'm still working on putting all the pieces together but found a few wonderful ideas through pinterest and wanted to share...
The idea pictured below can be used with the Captain Kid posters. I can start the year with controlled choice and slowly release control as routines are established and trust is mutual.
Response to Intervention Website
Fabulous Flamingos in Second Grade
The next picture is my favorite. I love using the smartboard as an option for students making a choice about their learning. Once independence has been established and trust is mutual, I can see opening up this decision with 'big kid' technology. The only problem presented would be the use of the board as an option for word work.
Tales from a K-1 Classroom
Just as I was going to publish this post, I found a wonderful files free for you! Mrs. Meacham provides lots of freebies, pictures, and a smartboard file (pictured below) on her website. Yay!
Choice begins with students understanding their plan for the day with five important questions. What are my goals in reading and writing? Whom will I work with? What will I accomplish? What was I working on yesterday that I want to continue?
Purpose + Choice = Motivation
COMMUNITY. The concept of building community is not foreign to me. I'm big on creating a sense of "family" and work to understand my students in and out of school. One of my favorite books to help build character and routines at the start of the year is Seven Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey. We learn through our reading that accountability and synergy is key for success!
SENSE OF URGENCY. Humans are ingrained to ask why? I was speaking to my colleague who says her two year old ask why so many times that she runs out of answers. Getting results from students comes when we create a sense of urgency in learning by explaining why we do things. When students understand the reason behind the task then they become motivated and won't let anything get in the way of their success.
STAMINA. I love the analogy that stamina needed for the Daily Five is much like the stamina needed for physical exercise. Understanding students fatigue in reading is similar to that of a person working out for the first time. I've worked on student accountability and stamina for the past few year. The kids maintain their own data notebooks. SO I'm eager to incorporate class stamina charts or personal stamina charts this year.
Ms. Fiorini's Stadium: All Star Ideas
Teaching with Style
STAY OUT OF MY WAY. Oh.my.goodness. I never thought about my interruptions throughout their independent practice. While building stamina, I would circulate the classroom checking the progress, encouraging through praise, and giving reinforcement for on-task behaviors. I interfered with their personal growth as the children looked for my acknowledgement to sustain reading. It's no wonder I had a wonderful class but challenges with subs.
This chapter was enlightening! I see many areas of focus for the 2012-2013 school year. I'm eager to reinforce these positive behaviors in Kindergarten and grow with the kids as we loop back to second together. So my question for you... How would you incorporate the questions highlighted in pink above with Kindergarteners?
Don't forget to link up your Daily 5 Chapter 2 post. I'm eager to read your reflections! You are welcome to link if you responded to other parties about Daily 5 Chapter 2. Please take the time to link the post and not your blog.