Monday, August 20, 2012

Day 9 of 2012, WBT

Today was my 9th day of school.  Rules and procedures have been in place and practiced.  I believe that the students should be able to follow and understand the rules and procedures now.  We started Daily 5 on the second day of school.  I always think it is so overwhelming to get my kinders into the Daily 5, however this year my students are doing AWESOME!!!  Take a look for yourself!

Photo of Daily Five Graphs

We have been building our stamina for Read to Self and Work on Writing.  We are around 7/8 minutes for each.  The students get so excited when they beat the time from the previous day.  I always go back and forth on if I want to do Daily 5 or if I want to do my regular centers.  This year is difficult because Daily 5 takes time and dedication to teach the students.  I have to be ready by the first of September for guided reading groups!  I love Daily 5 but it has really stressed me about not being ready.  After thinking and thinking about it, I decided to continue with Daily 5.  Daily 5 is great and makes the students LOVE reading and writing.  Although I think my other centers do it, there is just something about Daily 5 that keeps bringing me back to do it with my class.  My fingers are crossed that my class will be ready by September for small groups, but if they are not, then I will deal with it then.  

At my school we have certain worksheets we have to complete during center time.  It is a part of our reading curriculum.  I love that Daily 5 doesn't have any worksheets with it.  It is all hands-on and that is the way I love to teach.  What I have worked out in the past is that the students have to complete their worksheet first, then they go to their first choice of Daily 5.  

Well, I have taken the leap!  The leap to WBT!!  So far I have taught my kids Class! Yes! and the rules.  Today I started Teach!  Ok!.  I am loving all it!

I didn't think I really liked the 3 peats!  I thought it made the students look like robots.  Well, let me just tell you.  They are AWESOME!!  The 3 peats help the students remember/know what to do.  It helps them learn to do things quickly!  It gives them motivation to follow the direction quickly!  Oh my!! I just can't believe how much I love them!!  They are my new favorite thing.  Today I also started some of the Power Pix.  I look forward to using them more and more and Teach! Ok!  I can't wait to see the difference this makes in my class this year.

Well, I am off to redesign my lesson plan!  Also look for a new 5 Senses integrated unit on TPT (another one of my favorite things).

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  1. I brought home the Daily 5 book over the summer. However, I just don't even know where to begin. We're getting a new Basal this year, and I'd like to follow it, but don't know how Daily 5 would fit in. Love that you're doing WBT! I dabbled in it one year, but was a newbie to teaching and had a rough class in a rough school so I think it was just too much! Looking forward to more of your Daily 5 posts!

    Living A Wonderful Life

    P.S. Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog!

  2. I did WBT last year but am wanting to implement more this year. I start school in 2 days and was planning on doing Class, yes, Teach/Okay, and some others in the first week. Is that too much? I see that you're on day 9 and haven't gotten to all of that quite yet. Btw, What are the 3 peats? Did I miss that?

  3. Wow, I can't believe you've been in school for 9 days! Our kids don't start until next Tuesday! I'm implementing D5 this year. Can't wait!


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