Monday, July 2, 2012

Daily 5: Chapter 3 Reflections

I'm hooking up with Tammy for my chapter 3 reflections. (I'm a few days late....)  She asked some great questions this week.  Here are my thoughts:

1. Establish a gathering place for brain and body breaks. 
I have your basic carpet area where we have our morning meeting, whole group lessons, etc.  Our calendar math, word wall, and Promethean Board are located around the carpet so it makes for a wonderful central location.  My kids usually spend A LOT of time on the carpet.  It's where I do most of my whole group teaching.  I wish I could tell you that I have more of a creative name for it than "the carpet" but I don't....I'll have to think of something more inviting.
2. Developing the concept of "good fit" books.
I am totally head over heels for Tammy's "Good Fit" posters that she posted!  They are adorable and I love the idea of putting a Goldilocks twist on it.  I am one of those teachers that feels the need to expose my kids to anything and everything (I'm talking books...).  I usually do not mind if I see a child pouring himself into a book or magazine that I know he can't read.  As long as the child is engaged, interested, and genuinely getting something from it, I'm not too worried about whether or not the material is the correct level. I do want them to make the most of their time at "Book Browsing" each day so I'm going to make it a goal to do a better job of teaching my kids how to find the right books this year. 
3. Create anchor charts with students.
I love anchor charts! I'm sure that I've mentioned this before...I like to create charts at "the carpet" together.  I will tell you that I am a terrible artist (especially in the moment).  Our anchor charts are usually sloppy copies.  The next day we usually recreate a much neater version of the same anchor chart.  My kids usually create one for themselves in their reading journals as I am making one on chart paper for the room.  Once its finished, we hang it up on the wall or on a ring on the pocket chart stand.  I love that they have their own copy in their journals to look at in addition to our class copy.
4. Short, repeated intervals of independent practice and setting up book boxes.
I use cardboard book boxes that I found in the Dollar Spot at Target.  They have held up great and I have enough for every child.  Before the first day of school, I put several selections of decodable readers, nonfiction easy readers, and "step into reading" books into each child's box.  Fortunately, when my district changed to a new reading series, I was able to keep the small group readers from the old collection.  I always spread the ones from the first unit out across the boxes.  As I admitted in a previous post, I have never paid too much attention to working with my kids on building stamina.  I've decided that I'm going to really work on incorporating it this year and I think I'm going to use A Differentiated Kindergarten's adorable clock idea to keep track of our stamina goals. {Love this, Marsha!}
5. Calm Signals and check in procedures. 
My calming signal usually just consists of a light tap on my bell.  It usually does the trick.  After reading everyone else's posts this week I did decide to go ahead and order one of the adorable music wands from Bella Luna Toys.  It arrived today and my 3 year old so graciously tested it out for me.  She approves.
For transitions and "body break" times I always use transition music.  You can read about it {here}.
6. Using the correct model/incorrect model approach for demonstrating appropriate behaviors. 
I love the Sisters' idea of having the ones who show negative behavior be the ones to model the positive behavior for the rest of the class.  I think it might also be a great idea to take pictures of "right" and "wrong" behaviors and use them to create anchor charts in each station. Having a visual reminder of how to behave has to be a good thing...

Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business is hosting ch. 4.  
She'll be ready for everyone to link up starting on Wednesday!

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed reading your take on the 5. It's nice to hear what others think and do. I'll be back for more!

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