Chapter 2 of The Daily5 – Book Review #d5chat

from The Daily 5
“Stay out of the Way” was changed to Respect and I added Resilience to Stamina because I think children learn and need to develop both.

First, Jordan you are in my prayers.   And Mel, although I do not know you, you are in my thoughts and prayers as well.  Blessings and Hugs…so so sorry about your loss. T


Submitted as part of my Daily 5 Book Study on Seusstastic Classroom Inspiration by Mel D.   I am excited to use some of the Chapter Two ideas shared there!  You need to check them out…the timer, the stamina necklaces and charts!  Too fun!

—————-Here are my Chapter Two responses ————————-

1 .What goals do you have for your classroom as you work to implement the principles and foundations of the Daily 5 discussed in chapter 2?

  • A. for students to have a strong understanding of their learning targets and a sense that they can help direct their own learning.
  • B. to incorporate students’ interests so they can develop a life-long foundation for how to learn and explore.
  • C. To develop independence and trust in our class community so we can communicate clearly learning needs.
  • D. To have a cooperative community so I can provide interventions or enrichments so all students achieve a years worth of learning gains.
  • E. to be able to clearly track rate of improvement (RI) for reading and writing.

1b.  What support do you need to do this?

  • I will be working with our district RTI coach for RI.
  • For the rest, I intend to participate in this book study to learn more about the Daily 5 and I have joined the Daily 5 group on Edmodo (the teachers network) so I can learn from others.
  • I want to start planning for fall to get a sense of others materials I will need.
  • Last, I am teaming up with the third grade teacher ( who is also starting the D5) and hope to collaborate with staff I our school that implemented it last year.
2. What stands out as the most significant aspects of this chapter?
  •  What doesn’t? Trust, Choice, Community, Sense of Urgency, Stamina and Respect (rather than stay out-of-the-way) are not only significant for D5 but for a teaching and learning environment and for life skills.  I truly don’t think I could choose one and don’t even know if listening them in order of importance aligns with my beliefs.  
  • Instead, I created the picture above to reflect how I think they all are needed and feed into the higher purpose of education.
3. How do the foundational principles of the Daily 5 structure (trust, choice, community, sense of urgency, and stamina), align with your beliefs that support your teaching strategies and the decisions that you make about student learning?
  • Trust:  I feel the teaching and learning relationship is stronger when trust is established on both sides.  In order to learn, students need to feel safe.
  • Choice:  I have always felt the best way and more important way to engage and develop life long learners is by teaching them they to explore their choices.  I want a strong student voice in my classroom.  I want students to learn about what interests them so they can use this foundation to create and problem solve in the future.
  • Community:  We need to help children understand and see value in their home, classroom, community, their nation and our world.  Community is much more than just our classroom but how we learn to work together in class can support learning how to work with others outside.
  • Sense of Urgency:  I always tell my own family I am tired of “I will” and “Paying it forward”.   I want my students to have that sense of  “doing it now” because life moves quickly and we will only be together in class for a 9 months!  I want them to know the ‘why’ they need to learn and how important that is to them.  I already use “I can” statements to share learning objectives with students and ask them “WHY is this important to you?”  I think that is why I am excited about the D5.  It seems to fit what I believe as well.
  • Stamina/Resilience:  Keep Calm and Carry on… We need to move forward regardless.  We all need to learn to hold our focus and be able to ‘do’ something for an extended amount of time.  There are some things that can be accomplished well quickly, but others that need time, practice and reflection if we are to become really good at it!  Oh…and moving on does not mean leaving gaps…stamina is about doing it until we can do is well!
Thank you for putting this book study together.  I am truly grateful because I was heading in this direction of learning and implementing the Daily 5.  Your book study is helping me to truly reflect and approach this new instructional strategy with thoughtfulness and insight.


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