We are both going to be writing on this post.
Emily's thoughts will be in purple.
Antoinette's thoughts will be in blue.
I was introduced to the Daily 5 through our district professional development classes.
Our school was one of the few in the district still using the basal. I was going into 3rd grade, and didn't want to use the basal anymore. So the Daily 5 was a great gift to my teaching.
In the Introduction of the book I found these points to be meaningful:
-Because we had asked our students to do those "things" we certainly had to look at each one and at least mark on the paper. -pg4
I have thought this too many times! I have to give them a grade, so I have to look at it. The same boring answer a bunch of times, if you are using a basal.
-Yet the rest of the children in the class are working by themselves, completely independent.
Yes please! I was hooked after this sentence. Independence is essential to owning your learning.
When I was a teacher in the Kansas City School District, we used reading and writing workshops. You can imagine my surprise when I came to a new school which was still using the basal. It was complete and utter torture! I tried to keep up with the fast paced themes using a workbook which I felt dumbed down the curriculum. I survived my first year and decided there was no way I was doing that another year. lol The next year, I tried to incorporate some of the basal into a reading workshop style of teacher. AND... there was no way I was using that workbook. My third year, I ditched the basal all together. That year, I too was introduced to the Daily 5 through a professional development class. I had never read the book, but incorporated my own version of Daily 5 into my classroom. I like the routine it created and how much easier it was to interact with a small group because everyone was busy working. I've always been interested in reading the book thus was very excited when I stumbled upon the summer book study on Pinterest.
So here are my thoughts on the introduction: I totally relate to the authors of Daily 5 when they discussed how they evolved as teachers; starting with worksheets and classroom management issues and then moving to Daily 5. My evolution was different than theirs though as I started with workshops for the first six years, went to a more traditional style of teaching with tons of worksheets, and ended with workshops and my version of Daily 5. My workshops in the past few years have been better managed as a result of using some components of Daily 5.
Two things really stuck with me from the introduction. The first was when they talked about how at the end of the day they mentioned something wonderful that the students accomplished that day. So this would be what I call one of my duh moments. It is a routine that my students and I tell each other good bye each day. I always say something like have a great evening or see you tomorrow, but I never thought of telling them something amazing they did. What a great way to make each student feel special. The second was that the students cycle through their choice of the Daily 5 component and they are responsible for ensuring they have accomplished a different component each period. WOW!!! Scary yet fascinating at the same time!
We would love to hear your thoughts on the Daily 5. Have you read the book? Do you use this structure in your classroom? Any helpful tips for us or other teachers? We are so excited to hear from you. :)