I have been interested in the Daily 5 for a couple of years now actually. Two years ago I read the book and was HOOKED! It seemed to be the answer for me and I was looking forward to not planning for 10 different literacy centers each week.
But then school started.
I soon realized that I had one of those groups that was going to be VERY challenging. Ugh.
I didn't let it discourage me though. I kept at it and really tried to implement the Daily 5 to the best of my ability. The year proved to be a very difficult one and although I loved the idea of the Daily 5 by Spring time I was craving the familiar structure of Debbie Diller type literacy centers.
The next summer I decided that I would order the CAFE book and join the Sisters website in order to learn more about the structure of Daily 5 and CAFE. I also made the decision NOT to implement the Daily 5 last school year while I was taking my time reading and learning about it. I needed a year to learn at my own pace while implementing something I was more familiar with.
Live Love Laugh Everyday in Kindergarten. I can't wait to see how other Kindergarten teachers are already implementing the D5 or how they plan to.
So here we go with the reflection questions for chapter one.......
1. How do I teach new behaviors?
Well like many other Kindergarten classrooms we PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!! Isn't that what we all do in Kindergarten for the beginning of the school year? I have found that it works best for me to teach new behaviors in short mini-lessons and then have the students role-model for each other. For traditional centers in the past I've always picked one center a day to focus on the desired behaviors. The same can be done for Daily 5 in my opinion but I would stretch it out over a couple of days.
2. How do I teach expectations?
One aspect from the D5 that stuck with me from the first time I read the book was the use of "I charts." This is one type of anchor chart that I have found to be very helpful! I've used them for not only literacy centers, but math and other daily activities. I have found that reviewing these frequently at the beginning of the year to be a great start. Throughout the year we have revisited some of the I-charts when our behavior was slipping a bit. This seems to be a great reflective practice for the class in general.
3. How do I monitor student behavior? (Whole group, small group, individual) AND
4. What do I do when a student is not exhibiting desired behaviors?
Our school embraces Whole Brain Teaching and I have found success with using the The Score Board for monitoring the whole class. If their behavior is meeting expectations then the class earns a point. If not I earn a point. We usually have a class daily goal of something that they are working for at the end of the day if the class has more points. In addition, as I'm working with groups or individuals I take mental notes of who is needing some extra practice or guidance with the expected behaviors. This is something we can work on together during their end of the day thematic centers and not involve the entire class. They usually HATE to give up any of their center time so after a practice round or two their behavior usually greatly improves. =)
5. Whose classroom is it?
The classroom belongs to all of us. If things are not going smoothly then we are all effected. When we respect each other, the materials and our procedures then we are all learning from each other.
6. Locus of control?
Right now I have name sticks that go in a box. If your stick is drawn at the end of the day your earn a pass to get a prize from the office. The more sticks in the box the better of your chances to get your name drawn. I'm not sure if I'm sticking with this for next year but it worked like a charm this past year!!
7. Where are supplies stored?
We have both community supplies located throughout the room and my students use writing tubs to keep individual materials in. These work great for us to store our journals, word rings, writing folders and writing utensils. They can take their tub whatever spot they are working on in the room and have everything they need.
I can't wait to read everyone's responses to chapter one! Remember if you are interested in D5 for Kindergarten go check out Live, Love, Laugh Everyday in Kindergarten's Linky Party. Have a great rest of the week!