I swore up and down I wasn't going to be a teacher again until August. This girl needs a break. However, (as predicted by my husband and anyone who knows me really) I have had a hard time keeping my brain away from school.
Especially when I found this great Daily 5 Book Study linky party over at Lory's Page!
(I've never been a part of a linky party so bear with me as I continue to figure it all out.)
I am on such a Daily 5 kick right now I couldn't help but break my summertime rule and join in on the fun. I student taught in Raleigh, NC right as the Daily 5 fever broke out and was fortunate to be apart of the whole learning/launching process in a Kindergarten classroom. It was new - and as with most new things, a little overwhelming, especially when we thought about Kindergartners "reading to themselves". But by the end of the year, we were all in love! And I was really eager to start Daily 5 in my own classroom....
....which kind of happened. I just finished my first year, teaching Third Grade, in New Bern, NC, where Daily 5 hadn't quite picked up yet. Because it was really all I had seen and because I had had so much training in it, there were definitely certain aspects of the Daily 5 present in my classroom this past year. But I'll admit, I was scared to go in full force by myself.
This year is going to be a completely different story. I actually just finished a book study at school with a group of teachers who have caught the bug and are excited to officially start Daily 5 next year.
If you're not hooked after reading Chapter 1 (which everyone can relate to and probably has very similar stories to share) then read it again. Because I promise, you'll like what you hear. And take it from someone who has seen it happen - it works!!!
Like I said, the routines in my classroom this year were sprinkled with Daily 5. We had I-Charts explaining the Teacher's Job and the Student's Job during reading stations and we had a "stamina clock" that we tried to beat. But next year I would like to be even more systematic. We didn't do a lot of rotating through the stations and my mini-lessons were poop. I think starting at the beginning and being very VERY consistent throughout will be a huge help next year. My reading block went through a lot of changes this year so it was hard to get our time line down pat.
My biggest question, as we continue reading, is how to find a better way to align our Daily 5 time and my mini-lessons to our standardized testing at the end of the year. I never, ever want to teach to the test, but there is a certain amount of prep-time that needs to go into it. This year I would spend about 30-45 minutes on a lesson, going over our particular skill with some type of activity, and then we'd go into center rotations for the rest of our 90 minute block. But this isn't how Daily 5 lays it out and I didn't love doing it that way, it's just what worked. Help?!?
If you're interested in reading and sharing, head on over to Lory's Page and link up! I think this is going to be fun!
P.S. I'm working on three other posts in my drafts waiting to be published, so stay tuned ha!