Thursday, June 20, 2013

Daily 5 Thoughts.....Part 2

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! 


Holly said...

Hey You,
Here are just a few things that I do that might help...

*I do partner reading on Fridays only - I walk around with a clipboard and so some informal conferring and actually report out the positives afterward...really keeps them engaged. I can't do read to someone during my guided reading was a management nightmare for me. {I need it quiet too}

*I don't do rotations...I can't handle keeping track of the time. All of my kids start out with Read-to-self and then make their own choices when their bodies tell them to {they listen to their body signals}. They do keep track of where they've been on a graph.

*I did have my kids bring in headphones - most did. I had a few who didn't...I keep some extras for those who didn't bring any {I bought some cheapy joes at the dollar store..they aren't great - but they work}.

*I use netbooks {mini laptops} for my listen to reading so the kids can access Tumblebooks, Starfall, RazKids, storylineonline, etc. I don't have CD players. I've heard of people using Ipods during listen to reading.

I've blogged a little about my journey with Daily 5. If you search my blog you can read about it. I'm no expert and I'm a MAJOR tweaker.

Good luck - you'll love it!!!!!

Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

Heather said...

For Listen to Reading: The Dollar Tree/Store is the way to go for headphones. They will get torn up anyway, so they might as well be cheap. For websites that read aloud:

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