Daily 5- Chapter 2

Monday, June 25, 2012
The Daily 5 is SOOOOO rockin' my world this summer! I really think using it this upcoming year is going to be one of the best educational decisions I've made in a long time. YAY! 

This chapter helped me understand the core foundations of the Daily 5 model- trusting students, providing choice, nurturing community, creating a sense of urgency, building stamina, & staying out of students’ way once routines are established.

Here are my rambling thoughts...

Trusting Students- I have always wanted my students to trust me, but have I given them opportunities for me to trust them with their learning? Love this quote by William Bridges...“Without trust in the teacher, the step toward independence and the mastery of a new skill is less likely to happen. At that moment, with fear balanced against hope, it is trust that makes the difference”. 

Providing Choice- This is what I am going to have to spend most of my time wrapping my head around. {Why do I want to make it so complicated??} I love giving my students choices. "The Sisters" really made it clear to me WHY my kiddos LOVE picking out their listening station story, the game they want to play at the computer, their reading response sheet, etc.  
 Purpose + Choice = Motivation.
Makes sense to me...seriously, I'm way more engaged in an activity that I want to do. But what if "Social Susie" goes to read to someone every day? How do you make sure they get a balanced Daily 5 experience? 
I love the questions that students working with Daily 5 should ask themselves:
 1.What are my goals in reading and writing? 
2.What will I do first? 
3.Whom will I work with? 
4.What will I accomplish? 
5.What was I working on yesterday that I want to continue today?

I'm going to make a few weekly goal sheets for my students with these important questions! I'll *hopefully* have them ready and posted tomorrow!

Nurturing Community- I love how the Daily 5 encourages all students to take responsibility of their role in the classroom! This totally goes with the Positive Discipline behavior model at my school! On it!

 Creating a Sense of Urgency- I think taking the time to explain to your sweeties the importance of anything you do in the classroom is a must!! Sometimes I feel rushed just to teach, teach, teach the standard and forget to take a moment to explain why I am teaching the standard! This is a HUGE goal of mine. I want my students to know the reason for why we do everything we do in first grade! I can see that being a big hit...hahaha!!

Building Stamina- I know sometimes I just expected stamina & didn't work on actually building it from day one. I mean, I knew the first couple of weeks of literacy time would be rough, but I always held on to believing that most of the class would get the hang of it. I can see how this time was probably pretty painful for some of my poor babies. Ugh! I plan on really spending time slowly building stamina ...minute by minute! One question though- how long does it take to build Daily 5 stamina??

 Staying Out of Students’ Way Once Routines Are Established- Hello, my name is Anna and I can be a helicopter teacher!! In my defense though, I'm a very nice helicopter teacher that just likes to praise and encourage others! Now, I am realizing why sometimes *a few* students could not handle their behavior when I wasn't walking around being a cheerleader. Oooooo there is so much to learn!!!

I hope you enjoyed this chapter as much as I did!! Make sure to link up with Cheryl over at her blog {here}! Also, make sure to check back here in a day or two for the Daily 5 weekly goal sheet I'm working on!!! 


Kelley Dolling said...

Loved reading your thoughts tonight. It was nice to see that you also feel "caught up in the rush" from time to time and gloss right on over this urgency piece. Front loading that all-mighty "why" is my HUGE goal for next year! SLOW DOWN DOLLING is my new motto. I may need to make my own special set of D5 posters for this one. See you for chapter three :)

Kelley Dolling
Teacher Idea Factory

Lisa said...

Great post! I totally share your goal in working harder to tell the kids WHY we are learning what we are.

I think there's a little bit of a helicopter teacher in all of us. Hard habit to break for me but I'm trying!

Good luck!

Nicole Steele said...

Great post, I loved reading it! Going through school they always told us to be that helicopter teacher and praise those that needed it, but after reading the book.... I understand why I couldn't get my kiddos to work without me. Duh! Thanks for sharing.

Deanna said...

I am really enjoying how much I am learning by reading everyone's posts. Before reading daily 5 I never would have even thought of building stamina! Like you, I just figured they'd get with program eventually which actually is what leads me to be a helicopter teacher. Maybe building stamina is the key to NOT needing to "hover."
Thanks for getting me to put two and two together!
Think all night..... Teach all day

Tammy said...

Now that you say that Deanna, it makes sense. When I used to do reading centers I would always be watching and interacting with the students because I needed to make sure they were doing what they were suppose to be doing (TRUST??) Now that I teach my students STAMINA, I don't feel the need to hover over them because we have built that TRUST with STAMINA. I'm hoping that makes sense. :)

Anna~ For your question: How long does it take to build D5 stamina? For my second graders last year, we started graphing our stamina on day one of school which was August 15. We only made it for one minute. We finally built our stamina to 20 minutes by Sept 19. It was a slow process but well worth the effort.

Mrs. Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis

Anonymous said...

I loved reading your post and I loved other people's comments letting me know stamina isn't built in a day! It's so easy to forget how that first of the year routine does not just happen...you have to work at it. Even after years of teaching, I tend to block out how hard the first of the year is (kinda like you block out the pain of childbirth! Ha!) but it pays off in the end! I love the idea of graphing our stamina so we can see it build! I'm so going to try that!

Angela said...

I'm loving this book study! I did a Daily Five and also a CAFE book study and used them both in my classroom for the first time last year. I'm going to re-read both books this summer and this is such a great refresher!

For my combined 1st/2nd class, we began building stamina from the first day of school (the day after Labor Day ~September 8?) and I can't remember when exactly they could do it for 25 min., but I know it was by November for sure. I was honestly shocked how well they did with building stamina. I had taught 5th/6th for a few years before, and had no idea how my little ones would do! :)

Renee S said...

Hey Anna!

Thanks for checking out my blog!

I have been doing Daily 5 for 3 years and Math daily 5 for 2 years!! Love them both!!

Ive posted some ideas for both on my blog!


Renee S said...

Heres the link again!


Barbara said...

Don't you love it when you find a book that resonates?There are lots of daily five ideas I like and use, but I'm more of a reading and writing workshop kind of teacher.
Take care!
Grade ONEderful
Ruby Slippers

Tamera Wilson said...

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Kate said...

SOOOO glad to find out that I'm not THE ONLY teacher trying to implement Daily 5 AND Common Core this fall!!
We've GOT to stick together!!

Unknown said...

Hello all,
I am a new follower, and....
I am teaching First grade for the first time this fall and am super excited. I also am going to try my hardest to implement the Daily 5 this September. I have a lot of questions and thoughts about it and am hoping we can get through it all together. Thank you for having such great information and ideas to help me along!