Friday, July 6, 2012

KinderGals Meet Up & I Teach K !!!

I was so excited to meet up with Kim and Megan from KinderGals this Tuesday!!! They are TOO sweet and lots of fun!!! Make sure to check out their awesome blog {here}! I'm so glad we'll be able to hang out again in Vegas because Tuesday just wasn't enough time together!!
Here I come!!!

I'm flying out to Vegas on Sunday afternoon with my fabulous blogging friend, Hope King! Woooohoooo!!!

I can't tell you how ready I am to meet up with my favorite blogging friends and attend 2 days of amazing workshops at the I Teach K conference! And play on a slot machine and experience a Vegas show for the first time!!! I know this trip will be the highlight of my summer!! This teacher is about to get recharged  & inspired for a new school year!! YEAH!!!

Here's a list of the sessions I'm attending at I Teach K...
Transition Songs- All Day Long 
Literacy a'la Carte
Amazing Manipulatives
Dollar Store Diva
Adjusting Your Instruction to Reach At-Risk Kindergarteners
ADD & ADHD-Identification and Interventions 
Reading & Math & Science, Oh My!!
 If you're going to be in Vegas on Tuesday the 10th, I'd LOVE to meet you at the Vegas Teacher/Blogger Meet-Up! For more info{date/time/location}, click HERE!!! It's going to be a blast!! 

Happy Friday!!!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Daily 5- Chapter 3

Chapter 3 is all about establishing key materials, routines, and concepts to support the Daily 5 model. It was stated in the book that you should introduce these the first few days of school.  That's wonderful for a lot of us who are gearing up to get this going as soon as we go back to school! 

key materials, routines, and/or concepts....

Gathering kids in front for instruction, releasing them to practice, and then bringing them back to share their thinking represents the steady flow that is at the heart of effective teaching and learning. (p. 31) —Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis, Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding 

A gathering place is a large place for the entire class to sit on the floor. This space should inspire success in our students. You will need a chart, anchor charts created by the class, and other materials. By bringing the whole class together to the "gathering place" {love that name} many distractions will be eliminated due to the set up and children will be able to easily interact with one another.

The Daily 5 makes the transitions to the gathering place seem so simple. The change from a work session to meeting at the gathering place is a signal that the activity is changing. They call these Brain and Body breaks.   

Over the years, I have tried every type of "good fit" book chart, song, etc. I am still not sold on any one of them. It's hard for a first grader to find a book that is just right for them. Usually they look at the cover and fall in love. Or see a 5th grader get a HUGE chapter book and want to follow along.

After reading the "good fit books" section, I realized that I have a few areas where I need to improve. I think the #1 thing I will start doing is discussing the importance of finding good fit books on a daily basis. I will also start using the acronym I PICK! You can click on the chart below to download.   
I loved figure 3-3 of the shoe lesson. So cute and something that really makes the concept of good fit books come alive!! Can't wait to teach that the first week of school!

  "If something is important, it is written down, and learning becomes anchored to these charts. This visible learning makes up the tapestry of the year and the decorations of the classroom."  
Boushey, Gail; Moser, Joan (2006-01-01). The Daily Five (p. 36). Stenhouse Publishers.

I love this! I've always made anchor charts, but would get overwhelmed because they take up so much space in the classroom. The Daily 5 has helped me understand that space is very special because it symbolizes what we have learned in our classroom. What's my classroom theme? Anchor charts!!! HA!! HA!

Also, check out Figure 3-8 Ten Steps to Improve Muscle Memory...very interesting!!! I'm going to make a copy of it and post it as a reminder in my classroom. And let go of how crazy a 3 minute independent work session sounds!!! Building stamina for the first time can feel a bit awkward. 

This chapter was packet full of goodies!!! Please join our book study and link your chapter 3 blog post below. 
Have a great week!!!