Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Daily Five - Chapter 1

I am joining up with Mel D. from Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations and Nicole from Teaching with Style  to share some thoughts about the Daily 5! I have used the Daily 5 in my classroom the last two years. The first year was more of a shift...from literacy stations to the D5 stations. This past year, I focused on setting the procedures and utilizing the D5 strategies in my whole group teaching as well as my small group time. This year, I will continue on my road with the Daily 5 by incorporating conferences (something that I wasn't able to do as much of in the last couple of year). I am a Daily 5 work in progress..... and I am loving it!!

Melissa suggested a few guiding questions to help in our discussion. If you think of something that you would like to ask me, leave me a comment! It will make for an awesome collaborative discussion! 

Alright, here I go:

On pages 4-6, the authors present two different pictures of their classrooms. In thinking about and reflecting on your own practice, how would you characterize your literacy block? Does it look more like the first or second scenario, or is it somewhere in between? How will you change it?

When I began teaching, work stations were in full swing. I went to several workshops (make and takes were my fave) and bring all my goodies to my classroom. The kiddos loved the stations and for the most part enjoyed their time with the stations that I created. There was always some type of small assignment that they would turn into the bucket and that I would diligently look over and place stickers and stamps on to encourage them to continue to work hard. 

Sounds ok,right? My students were learning and I was able to meet with my students for small group. Perfect....right?

Well, what I found was that although they were engaged and well behaved, the stations that I had didn't allow for them to spend ALL of their time working on an activity that would foster reading and writing. I had a social studies, science, and math stations included in my reading rotation. This was taking away precious time from reading and writing!! 

So, then I replaced all my stations with literacy stations. One step in the right direction! But then I realized that I was having students rotate through  so many fabulous stations that it was hectic and I really didn't have all the defined space that I would have liked for each station (I would venture to say that I probably could have used the whole primary hall for all the stations that I had!)

I had to regroup. This wasn't working. Then I found the Daily 5 (key Heavenly music here)! 

To answer the question, I was lost in stations and paperwork. I have slowly rolled out the Daily 5 with my classes the last two years and am closer every year to having the dream D5 classroom.

My biggest advice would be....take it slow and incorporate a little at a time because it can be overwhelming.

The typical teacher is very busy having students do lots of different activities. How is what you are having students do now in your classroom creating quality readers and writers?

Everything that the students engage in is directly related to reading and writing and is a direct reflection of what is taught in class. My stations were always driven by the curriculum and still is but in a very clear and direct way. The students know the expectations when engaging with text and have a better understanding of how each of the D5 station directly effect what they are learning in class and in small group. They must know the importance of what they are doing and how it ties back everyday learning. D5 allows for my students to be more focused and in turn allows me to clearly target the skills that will make them better readers.

What sets the Daily 5 structure apart from what you are doing in your classroom?

The Daily 5 is set apart from all the rest because of the structure and care that goes into making the connection between what the students are doing independently and how those skills translate into success in reading and writing during class and small group time. I was able to get my students to think more critically about reading on their own and with this structure was able to start literacy circles (oh, yes, second graders in literacy circles, woohoo!!) because they experienced more direct and engaged independent literacy time that was incorporated into my small and whole group lessons.

I hope this has been helpful and I will continue to join in on the fun and write about my experience with the Daily 5 and include a few freebies along the way.....stay tuned!


Lisa R. said...

I find this very interesting! I don't have a background on the Daily 5 so I'm learning a lot from reading everyone's posts. I look forward to following along!
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Ms. Morgart said...

I am so happy to hear that Lisa!! You are going to love this book study and make sure to visit the blog hop on Melissa and Nicole's blogs to see read more about it! :)

Jess said...

It's great to hear others feelings on this chapter and how you are working it into your classroom. Thanks for sharing!

Ms. Morgart said...

This is one of my favorite reasons to blog! I love hearing everyone's stories! :)

Rose said...

This is very interesting. I have always had literacy centers and have heard so much about the D5. I love hearing everyone's stories and how they use the D5 in their class. Can't wait to read more.
"The Wonderful World of Kindergarten"

Sarah said...

I like what you said about 'take it slow' and 'a little at a time.' Encouraging! Thanks.

Mrs. Wathen said...

Thanks for sharing. I have read on so many blogs that they use "parts" of the Daily 5 as I thought I did as well. However, the children need to have that ownership over their learning and that's my focus for the upcoming school year.

The Resourceful Apple

Rebecca said...

Hello! I'm visiting via the Daily 5 book study. Thanks for sharing with us! I'm moving to second grade next year after being in 3rd for fourteen years, and have decided to implement Daily 5 and CAFE. I am beyond excited! I'm hoping that my teammates and I will be able to attend the 2 sisters' workshop in Atlanta in August!

Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

karevan said...

Your reflections are right on. I too have been at D5 for two years-always tweaking. Moving up to second grade next year and hoping to implement CAFE as well. As I reflect on my literacy stations I know that they need to reflect more on my mini lessons. I already know that I need two color stamps or something in my word work stamp activity so kids can stamp the chunk in a different color---or something like that! Also, I need ideas for work on writing. I will ONLY be teaching reading next year so I don't have to worry as much about interfering with writers workshop like I did this year. Looking forward to following your blog and comments and chiming in when I can! Thank you.

Lisa said...

I teach 2nd grade, and this past school year was my first year with the Daily 5. I did take it slow and easy. It felt like we worked on building stamina during Read to Self for forever. But it was worth it! By the end of the year, my kids could read independently for about 45 minutes. I am looking forward to doing it again next year, and I am currently reading the Cafe Book so that I can include it next year. I mention the Daily 5 to my coworkers any time I get a chance. I love it!

Mel D said...

Thanks for linking up Lynda! What a wonderful post! I really enjoyed reading your journey into the D5! I pinned this to our D5 book study pinboard.
Mel D
Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

Rene Machjewski said...

Hey there! I am visiting via the D5 study and love your blog (new follower!)! I've taught 2nd for 3 years and this will be my second year to do daily 5. I am interested in the fact that you started lit. circles! I'd love to hear more about that!!! Look forward to reading more!
A Passion For Primary

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