Disclaimer... and credit where credit is due!

This blog is simply my thoughts, ideas, and suggestions related to the Daily Five and Cafe. I give full credit to the creators of both Daily 5 and Cafe, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, also known as The Sisters. I have attended their workshops, read their books, and subscribe to their website. Everything else, I've interpreted on my own! :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Looking for resources?

I get lots of my inspiration and answers from fellow Daily 5/Cafe fans. I thought I'd share two of my favorite online spots!

The first one is hosted on Gail and Joan's site (which is SO worth the money!) New-ish to members is the Discussion Board. You can post questions and have conversations about both Daily 5 and Cafe. They've added a new Literacy Coaching board, too!

The second is the Daily 5/Cafe chat on Twitter that I co-host each week. We meet on Fridays at 7 pm CST on topics that are voted on by all of our participants. This is a great place to gain new ideas, resources, and to troubleshoot!

What are your favorite places to visit? 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Changes...

For the first time ever, I've felt a need to limit the amount of children who do Read to Someone during a particular session. My class this year is just loud. And while they are usually actually reading and talking about what they're reading... it's just loud.
Starting about 2 weeks ago, only 6 children can do Read to Someone at a time. We average 3 sessions daily, so this means 18 out of 22 kids still get to read to someone each day. Plus, I'm conferring with individuals and more often that not, I ask them to read aloud to me then.
I think this may have increased the motivation to read to someone, too. Now it's a more "coveted" Daily with its limited number. This makes me happy because I really do see great benefits in having them read and talk about it with peers! It also helps build fluency in an authentic way.
So... changes. Still keeping the oh-so-important element of choice but making it manageable. When we're ready, we'll go back to letting it be a choice for more than 6 at a time!