Hi there!! I just finished the second chapter of the Daily 5 book! Here is my response:
1. Do you trust your students? How do you build this trust? Are you able to trust them and allow them to be independent throughout all aspects of your day? Are you going to be able to stay out of their way? ;)
This chapter made me think a LOT! I do trust my students and allow them to make their own choices. If someone makes a bad choice we talk about it and how we can change it and prevent it from happening again. I do struggle with trust because we have such a language barrier in our classroom. I speak English only and my students are almost all newcomers and speak Russian or Ukrainian. I am lucky if I have 1 student that speaks English or is able to help translate lessons. This makes it difficult for my students to be independent. I have to help them and model for them for much of the day. As the year goes by and their vocabulary increases it does get better.
2. How much choice do you give your students throughout the day? (would love for you to share some examples!) Do you go over your daily schedule with your students or is it just 'posted' in the room?
I love choice and try to always give my students a choice in their learning. Sometimes I feel it’s a very guided choice but at least they get to choose what they want to do at the time! We go over our daily schedule every morning during our morning meeting. I always let them know if there is going to be an assembly or something that will change the schedule such as the dentist coming and checking teeth, the eye doctor coming, or hearing check ups. This way its not a surprise to them. If I happen to forget the schedule, my students will point it out to me. We also have Russian and PE twice a week and students will change the card so it reads the correct activity!
3. How are you going to create that sense of community where students will hold each other accountable?
I teach in the beginning of the year for students to check each other. When they feel that their friend is not being a good friend they check them by showing them a thumbs down signal. When you are shown the thumbs down signal you need to apologize for your action and tell your friend 2 positive things about them. We talk about quality positive things too.
4. Student ownership in learning? How do you instill this in every child?
I need to work on this. I have a lot of students that want to complete the tasks so fast. I don’t think they are getting everything I want them to out of the activity. Many students are quick to copy their friends work and turn it in so they can go to a new activity in hopes of playing with toys. I love the idea of teaching the children “why” they are learning everything! It is so important for them to know why they are learning. That was my favorite part in this chapter! I love that the little girl told the men to leave so she could learn. I constantly have people in my room and I would love if my students were into their work that much! That is a BIG goal for next year!
5. Stamina! How are you going to build stamina with reading? independent work? Will you use a timer? Will you set goals? ...
We will start out with the tasks for shorter time periods and increase the time as students become more engaged and tasks become more challenging. Eventually I will have a timer. My students seem to do well when they know they only have a little bit of time left. I like to give 1 and 5 minute warnings.
One of the biggest challenges I see for myself is having a place to post my anchor charts and have places for students to work independently. My classroom is only 12 ft by 25 ft and holds 23 active 5 year olds. We also have a lot of charts up for GLAD and need to have it accessible for students to interact with.