9.28.2011

Lightbulb Moment!

Today I had a little glimpse as to what
my reading block could be like when this Daily 5
thing is in full swing.
All I can say is I. Loved. It.

The whole process of introducing the Daily 5
has taken longer than I thought.
However, we have 3 of the 5 going
pretty strong so far and I'm proud of that.
So, this week, I thought I would take a break
from introducing the next part,
{for me that is word work}
and let the kids rotate through and
see how everything will sort of play out.

I actually had 4 or 5 reading conferences today
with some of the neediest kiddos.
It was SO amazing!
We talked about what their goals would be
from the CAFE menu and I felt like
I connected with them and understood
a little more about where they are as readers.
I feel like this additional attention from me is definitely needed
along with the intervention groups with the reading specialists.
I could see in their eyes that they knew I cared
and truly wanted to help them become better readers:)

This little snapshot of what things could be like
all the time once the Daily 5 is up and running
was just the little boost of confidence I needed
to keep going!

So, next week I'm tackling Word Work.
I'm trying to get set up and I'm finding ALL sorts
 of great ideas online. It makes it hard to keep
it all organized and figure out exactly how I want it to be
but I'm sure I'll figure it out.

I'm so encouraged when I read about other
newbies to Daily 5 and even old pros,
so let me know how its going for you!

Happy {almost} Thursday!



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2 comments :

  1. I have three up and running as well!! I LOVE it! I am amazed with how many kids I am getting to conference with on a daily basis, and I feel like I am a much more effective teacher!!

    Do you let them all choose where they want to go yet, or are you all doing it at the same time? We all do Read to Self, Work on Writing, and Read to Someone at the same time. I am hoping that word work will be up and running in a week or two. Right now our word work is part of our mini lessons, and they can use word work materials whenever we have a few extra minutes :)

    It's so cool to see everyone who is new to D5 and how it's going for them :)

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  2. Right now I have them in groups and they are rotating, so they are not choosing themselves yet. Seems to be going pretty well:)

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