Daily 5- Chapter 1

Monday, June 18, 2012
I'm so excited to start sharing our Daily 5 ideas, reflections, and experiences today!! YAY!

Y'all....chapter one gave me HOPE. Hope that maybe I won't work harder than the kids & come home exhausted every day next year. Seriously, I know now why my literacy block hasn't been my favorite part of the day. For the longest time, I blamed the exhaustion I was feeling on the number of kids in my classroom, lack of help, resources, time, blah, blah, blah, blah....Ummmm, confession... I think it was actually ME trying to control everything! I was spending SO much of my precious time trying to manage my students, hold them accountable, check their work, & have 4 guided reading groups...no wonder I was going bonkers! 

This upcoming school year, my goal is to have a simple yet effective literacy time that will support all of  my readers and writers' needs as they choose and complete these five tasks....
-read to yourself
-read to someone
-work on writing
-listen to reading
-word work/spelling

I already incorporate many of those skills in my classroom.... BUT the big difference this year will be that I am going to *try* my best to let these tasks be student driven. I can visualize it....ahhhhh....can you???

Make sure to link up with Lory to read all of the other Daily 5 book study posts!!


Tammy said...

You'll love it. Daily 5 takes very little teacher prep and the kids are doing real reading and real writing instead of stuff about reading and writing.
❀ Tammy
Forever in First

Lory said...

I feel the exhaustion Anna!!! Just think of all the shopping we can do after school now that we will have more energy ;)
THanks so much for linking up!!! I look forward to the coming weeks!

Kelley Dolling said...

My book just came yesterday (I almost planted a huge wet one on the FedEx man) and I posted today. It is so interesting reading everyone's thoughts - I was glad to hear someone else is freaked out about letting most tasks be student driven. Yikes!! I think I can . . . I think I can :) Thanks so much for hosting.

Kelley Dolling
Teacher Idea Factory

Marissa Tompkins said...

I'm right there with you Anna and the control thing. That's what held me back from really taking off with the Daily 5 in my classroom this past year. Once I got going and saw that the kids were doing just fine without me, I realized this could really work! I'm going to give up my "control freak" tendencies in the fall and rock the Daily 5! :)

WILD About First Grade!