How can I put students at the center of their own learning? How can I hold students accountable during language arts centers? How can I differentiate to meet the needs of all of my students? How can I do guided reading but ensure that my other students are on task?
Read to Self:
Work on Writing
Passion Project/Genius Hour
Tips for the Daily 5™
- How do I fit so much into one day!? Okay, real talk. It is OKAY for kids to only get to each center one, two, maybe three times a week. We did what we could with the time we had! I was usually able to fit at least three rotations in a day but sometimes less!
- What about the rotation board? I’ve seen lots of teachers put their rotation board up on their SMARTBoard. I didn’t have that option, so I used a pocket chart! The kids looked at the board to find their first center, then rotated in order from there. At the end of the Daily 5™, I had a helper move everyone to where they were supposed to start the next day. Easy-peasy!
What is the teacher doing during this time? Meeting with small groups! I followed the launch play from the Daily 5™ book to a “T”. I made it very clear that students were not to approach me while I was working with a guided reading group unless it was an emergency.
How do you get kids to work independently? It takes about ONE MONTH (yes!) to build students’ stamina for each Daily 5™ rotation. You can read all about it in the Daily 5™ book! It is important to start slow and and PRACTICE! For example, we started off Read to Self with the kids reading for about six minutes! I added 1-2 minutes each time to increase their stamina until we reached 25 minutes. We did this with each Daily 5™ center. It was SO worth it.