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Back to School & The Sisters!

Wow! It's been a LONG and BUSY week! I had my first day of school last Monday and spent my week with 22 sweet, new students. We are all still settling into our new building and getting used to everything that is new. It has been sad to watch old Mableton being torn down right before our eyes. I looked out one day last week and saw the bright green walls of my old classroom... the next day it was gone. Very bittersweet. Our new building is beautiful and we are truly lucky to have it... Our students deserve only the best! I am working on putting the finishing touches on my new classroom and will post some pictures of it soon! On another note... Teacher friends, look who I got to meet this weekend! THE SISTERS! They brought the Daily 5/Cafe Workshop to Atlanta and I have been SO EXCITED … [Read more...]

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Daily 5 Book Study: Chapter 5

Chapter 5 was all about Read to Someone and Listen to Reading. **Please note that the following is only my opinion and thoughts on how I implement D5 in my classroom. These thoughts and ideas are not endorsed by the 2 sisters or their publisher Stenhouse. I am learning so much from our book study! I have implemented D5 for two years in my classroom, however this year I want to follow the format exactly. I have had several DonorsChoose projects funded that aid my students in implementing the following portions of Daily 5. The sisters begin this chapter by laying out the framework of lessons for Read to Someone. These lessons consist of: EEKK, Voice, Check I Read, You Read How to choose books Choosing your classroom spot How to choose a partner Coaching or Time I love … [Read more...]

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Daily 5 Book Study: Chapter 4

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family! I woke up super early to go downtown Atlanta for the AJC Peachtree Road Race. A spot in the annual 10k is a coveted thing around Atlanta and I was SO excited to finally participate after living here for 5 years! Out of the 60,000 runners, my favorite was this sweet, elderly man whose T-shirt read: "I'm 91 years old! Eat my dust you slowpokes!" We'll be going to the Braves game later tonight for the game and fireworks! On to Daily 5! **Please note that the following is only my opinion and thoughts on how I implement D5 in my classroom. These thoughts and ideas are not endorsed by the 2 sisters or their publisher Stenhouse. 3 Ways to Read a Book Chapter 4 was all about setting up Read … [Read more...]

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Daily 5 Book Study: Chapter 3

Our Daily 5 book study is moving right along! I am so excited to read Part II as the sisters go through setting up each part of the Daily 5. **Please note that the following is only my opinion and thoughts on how I implement D5 in my classroom. These thoughts and ideas are not endorsed by the 2 sisters or their publisher Stenhouse. Thank you to Jana from Thinking Out Loud and Melissa from Mrs. Freshwater's Class for hosting this chapter! I enjoyed reading Chapter 3 as it reminded me of the great importance of classroom routines. The Sisters emphasized that these daily routines should be practiced all throughout the year! Many times as teachers, we model something for the students and then forget to practice the skill over and over again. In the coming school year, I want to take … [Read more...]

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Daily 5 Book Study: Chapter 2

I've just returned from a trip to the beach! It was so nice to read chapter 2 of The Daily 5 while sitting on the balcony drinking my coffee! **Please note that the following is only my opinion and thoughts on how I implement D5 in my classroom. These thoughts and ideas are not endorsed by the 2 sisters or their publisher Stenhouse. When setting up the structure for D5, the sisters list the following as their core foundations: Trusting Students Providing Choice Nurturing Community Creating a Sense of Urgency Building Stamina Staying Out of Students' Way Trust When I first began D5 in my classroom, trusting students was very hard for me. I kept thinking that if I didn't continually "check" on the students, how would they stay on task? Surely if I left them alone and … [Read more...]

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Daily 5 Book Study: Chapter 1

I have been wanting to re-read The Daily 5 for awhile now. I have been implementing the Daily 5 in my classroom for about 2 years. I initially began when I was teaching 2nd grade and like Gail and Joan write about in the book, I was SO exhausted with grading "busy work." I took a long, hard look at what I was teaching my students and then opted for change (and an easier way)! I am so excited to be joining this book study with other teacher bloggers around the country! **Please note that the following is only my opinion and thoughts on how I implement D5 in my classroom. These thoughts and ideas are not endorsed by the 2 sisters or their publisher Stenhouse. 1. On pages 4-6, the authors present two different pictures of their classrooms. In thinking about and reflecting on your own … [Read more...]

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