Sunday, January 27, 2013

Time Flies When You're Having Fun!

Wow! I can't believe it's been almost a month since my last post! Time sure does fly. 

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my online Daily 5/CAFE class that was about to begin. The fourth week is about to begin, and it's going by so quickly. We just finished a study on The Daily Five book, and The CAFE Book will be the focus for the remaining weeks. I first got interested in The Daily Five when the book was first published (2006). It was during the summer, and I was starting to think about the next school year. Centers/stations (whatever you want to call them) always held value for me, but I could just never quite get them to work the way I envisioned them to. Well, after reading a little book blurb about The Daily Five, from an Amazon email of recommended books, I knew I had to get this book! I ordered it immediately, and when it came, I read it cover to cover in no time.

Throughout the years, I implemented The Daily 5 the way I thought it should be implemented. I even ran a book club on this book with colleagues. But, something just never clicked. It wasn't until the latest read through this book, along with numerous discussions and assignments for my current course, that I had the "Ah-ha" moment. 

I finally relinquished control and gave my students choice over what Daily 5 tasks they wanted to do. Up until a few weeks ago, I still held control over what literacy task they did (and the order that they did them in). After reading current research that backs up the importance of student choice (within structure), I finally decided to give the choice over to my students. After explaining the new way of doing things, they were super excited. 

Students look forward to doing their "dailies", they are much more motivated and they are tying their work to their individual reading/ writing goals. I believe this time is much more productive, as I can meet with a few reading groups a day and not be interrupted or have students off-task. 

In the near future, I plan to post more of what I learn from this course, along with tips on how to implement both of these structures in any classroom. 


  1. Hi Jen!

    I saw you added new items to your Tpt Store. Love the Non-Fiction Text Features pack. :)

    Good luck with your Cafe class; it sounds like a lot of fun!


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    1. Hi Wendy! I will be over to your blog to write my winter book picks. I always get great ideas from your book recommendations. Thanks for the kind words about the nonfiction features booklet. I gave samples to my team to use, and they gave me suggestions, then I revised it until it was how I wanted it. Long process! But, it is selling :). I am working on a packet of nonfiction reading responses, but I still have to test some out on my class. When I'm done with it, can I sent the file to you to read/review? Let me know!

    2. I'd love to! I'm so excited for you...Someday I'll join you on Tpt.