Friday, August 31, 2012

Launching the Daily 5

My professional goal for this year is to coach and support our 4th/5th grade language arts teacher, Stephanie,  in her goal, which is to implement a modified version of the Daily 5 (the Daily 3) with her 4th/5th grade students. 
The MJGDS teachers who read The Daily 5 this summer were enthusiastic and positive about this research-based method of structuring literacy instruction to support students in becoming independent readers and writers. 
We are off to an exciting start. Working together, we have begun identifying potential obstacles, brainstorming ways to meet those obstacles head on, and strategizing on how we will collaboratively collect data that will help us assess the impact of the Daily 3.

One thing that we have committed to doing is to document and share the process and reflections along the way. We started the "launch" this week, following the detailed process in the book.

This is also an opportunity for me to document and reflect on what it means to be a coach- how I am supporting both the teacher's process as well as being the "meta" for potential school wide implementation in the future.

This week, as Stephanie introduced the program to her students I took photos and video. I hope to be able to do this often. It is a time-consuming process, but I think it will prove worthwhile for a number of reasons. First of all, we are creating a resource for other teachers (inside and outside of our school) as well as interested parents. It also gives us the opportunity to reflect using something more concrete than our memories.

Read to Self from MJGDS Classrooms on Vimeo.


Samuel Anderson said...

Hi Mrs Hernadez,

I am preparing to be an educator and I enjoyed your post on The Daily 5. This was my first time hearing about that method. However, I think it is going to be very beneficial for the profession of education in the future. I would like to get more details and updates about the program. Continue to provide me with that exciting information.

From Samuel Anderson,

Tim Madden said...

Hello, I really enjoyed your post. I was wondering, however, what type of video editing software you used? I really like the style in the formatting.

Tim Madden

Andrea said...

Hi Tim,
Thanks for reading. I used iMovie11, the comic book theme. It is the theme that gives the style. I enjoyed looking at your blog, too. What grade do you teach?

Unknown said...

What a great idea! Recording your progress and your thoughts will allow deep reflection and problem solving as you go. The videos can also be used with your class to review the I charts or when a "new student" joins your class.

You have a great plan!

Tim Madden said...


I teach sixth grade, three periods of math, and one period of English.

How are your other "two-thirds" going?


Andrea said...

We introduced "work on writing" this week, and that is going well. We are going to introduce word work next Wednesday. I am already behind in documenting the process. I am working on a ton of things at once.
But I am working with an absolutely amazing teacher. She is pushing my thinking while I am pushing change in the classroom.
It's not easy to put it all together. That is what so many people don't realize about teaching.
Stay tuned!