I was researching the Daily 5 because I will be implementing the program in my 4th grade classroom next year.
I enjoy collaborating and learning from others so I was excited to find a Daily 5 book review hosted by Suesstastic Classroom Inspiration. I found some bloggers and some wordpressers to link up with and am excited to learn and gain ideas.
I’m already about pg 55 out of around 90 pages in the text. So the Daily 5 is not a long read…but it’s full of good information and I love the research links. (I’m a Sheldon when it comes to researched based teaching and learning.)
This is my first book review on-line. I don’t always type as fast as I think…so my disclaimer is that the any errors are my own. Being that this is my reflective blogs/journal…that suits me just fine.
Here are the questions…
1. 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?
This past year I taught science and gifted…but previously I’d say my literacy block was in between. I did all sorts of small group, changing centers work. My students became independent for the most part…but I definitely had those wanderers.
How will I change it? I am going to start the year using the Daily 5 framework as it is recommended. I hope to supplement instruction by complementing the Daily 5 with Flipping. So students will be bringing into literacy block knowledge and skills gains from home lessons as well as what we do in class.
What I want to do do better is having students choose their own reading books.
2. 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?
I integrate reading, writing, speaking and listening into my literacy teaching and learning. I have students peer and self-assess as well as support. I try to model what quality work is…asking how it feels, what it looks like and how will they know when they have achieved it. So as they were at centers, those areas would be built in. However, I can’t say students had real ownership of the material and what they read.