Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Starting the Year with Daily 5

I feel like such a blogger failure...I have only posted 4 times since August 6th.  That was the day I-dunt dunt dummmmmmmmmm- went back to school!  I have missed blog stalking soooo much.  :(  Anyways, I decided to quit grading papers and sneak in a few minutes of blog time.  I've spent a little over a week with my little 1st grade darlings and it's been great.  They are a sweet bunch!  I am trying several new things this year with them.  Thanks to all of my blog stalking this summer, I learned all about Whole Brain Teaching and The Daily 5.  I read so much about both and downloaded so many files that I just couldn't wait to give them a go in my room.  I have posed several times on Whole Brain Teaching, if you missed them, click {HERE}.  It's safe to say, I love it and so do my students.  They memorized the rules after 2 days!  They LOVE the class response aspects of it and teaching their partner.  It is going really well.  I am currently constructing a post dedicated entirely to it in my head, so stay tuned for that.  Maybe by the weekend...

I started Daily 5 on Monday.  During one of our in service days before the students started back, we had a teacher talk to us about Daily 5 and her experience with it.  It was awesome.  I've read 1,000 blog posts about D5, but to have a live person to discuss it with was even better!  She shared a resource with me that I had not seen before- it's called Daily 5 for Dummies and it is AMAZING.  I had practically highlighted the entire D5 book and was preparing to type up my script for each lesson and then I was introduced to this lovely little document.  It comes from the ProTeacher Website and was posted by "Whittlesey".  I am trying to give as much credit as possible, because he/she deserves it.  You can access the page {HERE}.  You have to be a member to download the file, but it is free and easy!  I HIGHLY recommend that you get yourself a copy.  It is basically the script the sisters give in the book, but typed out nicely and divided into 25 days.  I renamed my own copy to "A Teacher's Guide to Daily 5" just so my firsties wouldn't learn to spell the word "dummies" from my notebook! HA  Get my cover {HERE}.  We are now in Day 3 of D5 and have reached 2 minutes of stamina.  I am taking it slow and really practicing the correct/incorrect way of doing each little part, I am hoping it will pay off in the near future!  Somehow I ended up kind of being "in charge" of a Daily 5 book study at my school.  I am currently working on a study guide for each chapter and outlining the meetings we will have in the next month or so.  I have based my study guide on the questions from the on line D5 book study along with a few ideas from various sources.  I plan on asking each participant to bring an idea and/or activity for each of the 5 components.   I will love you forever if you will leave me your thoughts.  What do you think?  What would be beneficial to you if you attended a PD on The Daily 5?  How would you do it?  PLEASE help me make this successful!!

10 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing the resource "Daily 5 for Dummies." I am implementing Daily 5 this year and this will truly help me get started! If I attended a PD on The Daily 5, I think I would want to know how teachers have incorporated their reading series into the management system.

    Thank you again!
    Caralee
    confessionsofateachanista.blogspot.com

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    1. That is an excellent question! I'd like to know that too! Anybody out there have any suggestions??

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  2. Your post makes me sad for school to start but the end is near! I am back with teachers beginning on Friday. I am really going to miss blog stalking and my online late night professional development sessions!

    When you get back to stalking come check out my blog :)! I'm a follower!

    Sent From My iPad

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    1. I did a little stalking- your new position sounds amazing! Your blog is so cute!

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  3. I haven't blogged at all since school started. I need to do a post! Anyway, I have used daily 5 for four years now and I just wanted to say don't be discouraged if the kids don't build stamina right away. It will seem as if they never can make it past 2, 3, or 5 minutes and then one day it will just happen! Good luck!
    Erin
    Sample’s Superstars

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    1. Thanks Erin. We just keep on trying! I don't know how people blog during the school year either!

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  4. Dana, thanks for stopping by my blog! I absolutely love the feel of your blog. As you can see, I also LOVE color... so you're site "makes me happy" :0)
    It's funny that you mention Whole Brain Teaching because just before coming over to your site I wrote a post about just discovering WBT and about my excitement to try it out this year.
    If I come across any questions or challenges while implementing it in my classroom this year would you mind if I hop on over and ask you for your advice or suggestions?
    I look forward to reading more about your class experiences!

    :0) Melissa
    More Time 2 Teach

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    1. Sure! I will try to help you anyway I can. I have a tab at the top of my blog that has all my Whole Brain Teaching posts in one place. I've got another one in my draft file, it's just been to hectic lately to finish. I don't know how people blog so much during the school year!!

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  5. Thanks for following my blog! I am now a new follower of yours! I've been learning about Whole Brain Teaching as well and really would like to implement it! I'm anxious to hear (read) how it goes for you!

    Jackie
    Crazy Daze in First Grade

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  6. I just became a follower! Love your blog! I started blogging about a month ago and am still figuring a lot of stuff out! I totally get what you are saying about the Daily 5! Our school and district decided we all had to implement it about 3-4 years ago. We didn't have any PD with it but our district has Instructional Coaches. Our "coach" made up the mini-lessons and helped us implement it in our classroom and it helped SO MUCH! Of course now our district is saying we can't use the terms in the Daily 5. We can't call it "Read to Self" or "Read to Someone." We have to call it Reading Workshop. It drives me crazy! Don't you just love how district's like to do that? As if my little firsties care what it is called!

    Keri
    First Grade Crusade

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Thanks so much for your comments! I love reading them!

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