So I just finished reading and rereading The Daily 5. I have mixed feelings about implementing it in my classroom. In bullet points, here's what I see as strengths and weaknesses (for me). **Warning! This post is a bit 'stream of consciousness' (i.e. - rambling) as I sort out my thoughts.
- I love that the students are taught to be independent and the responsibility for success is put in their hands. This is something I always strive to do - sometimes successfully, sometimes not.
- It's a proven plan. I know many teachers who use it and love it. None of them are near my school.
- The book is set up to be foolproof. The sisters guide you through nearly every aspect of every lesson for the first 5 weeks of school! I feel like if you follow their steps, you will succeed!
- Oh, to not have to create and manage centers anymore!
- I'm not sure how to fit it into my day - and still teach everything else I have to teach (math, ss, science, religion, specialty classes, etc.)
- My room is S.M.A.L.L., y'all! I have no idea how to add a gathering space, anchor charts, an easel for creating anchor charts, listening centers, etc.
- We have a new P this year. No one else in my school does The Daily 5. Will the new P be ok with me doing something completely different than everyone else? (Not that we teach reading the same way now...)
Meanwhile I found this ridiculously cute owl themed set of D5 posters for free! Nancy at Joy of Kindergarten offers these on Scribd. Plus she's from Ohio - just like me!