From Management to Principled Habits
As we being to take a closer look at the Daily 5, we will be taking a closer look at:
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?
My daily schedule is posted in the classroom. In the beginning of the year we use it daily. I use it as a visual when we discuss different parts of our day or what we will be doing. At some point in the year this no longer is necessary to use on a daily basis because we all know the progression and parts of the day. If we have a special event or our schedule changes, we refer to the schedule. During the year when new children arrive, we use the schedule again.
I believe that choice can be motivating. I believe in choice within boundaries in kindergarten. My children have choice within the literacy and math blocks and I am working on how to give my children choice within other parts of the day.
3. How are you going to create that sense of community where students will hold each other accountable?
I have seen different applications when using this book but what worked for me was filling a classroom community bucket. We started small and throughout the year our bucket got larger. We had many many talks about how it would take all of us to fill the bucket and how we each had to do our part. We looked at it as if we worked hard together we would celebrate in the end together. And each time we earned a marble to fill our bucket, we talked about it. Each time we sat down to add a marble and discuss it, it gave us a chance to revisit those expectations. To me this was a fair way of recognizing what was working well in the class and I could focus on the growth in independence of the group instead of just an individual. This is how we started writing the story of...us!
Once our bucket was filled, we decided as a class that we wanted to make gingerbread snails that we had seen in a book. It was simple, it was fun and we all were happy. The reason I even mention creating a story of "us" is because I think it is so important and the foundation that everything else is built on. One of my students last year heard me foundly talking about the wonderful class I had the year before and he questioned me. He thought if they were so wonderful then how would anyone else measure up? And it is true those kids were my vegetable loving, garden growing, no tattle tailing, love to read, hug me to death and happy go lucky class of kindergartners... And he asked what his class was. And I said that only time would tell as we write the story of "us" and it would be a different story than "them." And as the year unfolds to does "our" story.
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