Here’s chapter 1’s post.
With the end of the school year drawing near (even though it’s going by so slow) reading Chapter 2 in The Daily 5 was not at the top of my priority list. However, I did do my reading homework last night and am set to participate in Week 2’s link up.
This chapter introduced managing a Daily 5 classroom and how that management will eventually lead to “principled habits.
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? What support do you need to do this?
An autonomous classroom is always the goal, regardless of the program being used. Using this independence to create ample time for the kids to practice their reading and writing in the way that best suits them was the a-ha for me in this chapter. The author also asked the question, “What do you do that you could trust the kids to do?” That was a great question to get me thinking. I’ve started a list of procedures and times of the day that are essentially led by me that could very well be student led. Since this chapter was more like an overview of the independent time, I will need to read further and have a better understanding of the daily 5 to find out what support I will need.
2. What stands out as the most significant aspects of this chapter?
Again, I felt like this chapter was just surface information that would be discussed further in subsequent chapters. From the overview however, creating readers with stamina is what I’m most excited about. Stamina is the piece that is missing from my program. I also look forward to finding out more about creating that classroom community where the kids are given the tools to monitor each other’s behavior so I don’t have to do it all the time.
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?
The structure very much aligns with my teaching ideals. The last couple of years though have been a little brainwashing towards testing so I had to stop myself from saying, “Ya, but what about testing?” while I read. I’m glad the author did address the testing culture a bit. I know that the kids really learning will lead to the good test scores, but balancing that with the pressure put on us to get those good scores will be the issue I will struggle with.
Here’s this week’s linky thingy…