I am thoroughly enjoying my little Daily 5 study that I am doing. I can't wait to implement it next year! Today as I read I took a few notes. Here are some things that stuck out to me.
1.) Volume of voices is definitely something that makes me nervous about Daily 5. I personally do not concentrate very well when there is a lot of noise, so I like it to be very quiet while I teach guided reading. However, it all goes back to modeling appropriate behavior. The sisters mention making a point throughout the whole year to make sure that their voices are never the loudest in the room even when they are teaching. I admit, I have never really paid a lot of attention to the volume of my voice while I am teaching guided reading groups. Of course I try not to be loud, but I certainly haven't thought of the volume of my voice being the model for the class. I will be paying attention to that next year.
2.) I can tell that the MOST difficult thing for me is going to be not rushing the process. I know I will think, "These kids can read for longer than 3 minutes, we are going to read for longer than that today!" I will have to remind myself many times to follow the lessons exactly as they are.
3. ) Listen to Reading really stresses me out. Mostly because there are always problems with the tape player, cd player, headphones, etc. I like the idea of putting headphones on the supply list, but I am usually doing good to get paper and pencils, I'm not confident that I would get parents to send in headphones. What are some of your solutions/management tips for listen to reading? What are your favorite websites that read out loud to kids?
Thank you so much for your advice on my last post. Keep it coming!