Saturday, July 12, 2014

Chapter 3: Ten Steps to Teaching and Learning Independence

Chapter 3:  The 10 Steps to Teaching and Learning Independence

1. The brain receives input through 3 different external memory systems: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.  How do the 10 steps use these memory systems to ensure success for all?

2. The sisters make I-Charts for each of the Daily 5s.  Can you think of other purposes in your classroom for I-Charts?

3. Why is step 5, modeling least-desirable behavior, so important?

4. Purpose + Choice = Motivation.  Reflect on this statement.

5. What is your sense of urgency in implementing the Daily 5?

These 10 steps are vital in the success of your students using the Daily Five.  Take the time to teach these steps as you introduce each of the Dailies in your classroom.  It will be worth the extra effort!

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  1. The 2 sisters talk a lot about muscle memory. As you make your I charts together(visual) refer back to them and re read them (auditory) and practice each daily five (kinesthetic) you build muscle memory. These explicit directives and routines give children the tools they need to build stamina and independence and stay on task. The children understand why they are doing a task (sense of urgency noted on I Charts) and they are given choices. These 2 items motivate children to stay on task reading and writing. When the teacher can "trust" that the students are engaged in these authentic literacy tasks independently the teacher is then free to pull small groups and conference with children 1:1 on their reading and writing. The process is "genius!" Can anybody out there tell how they have seen this in action in their own classrooms? joanne

  2. Wish I could say yes, Jo. My students were told to not interrupt teaching and learning if my conferring hat was on. Once a child came to me and said, "Scuse me, but Elena is crying 'cuz her arm is stuck in the paper drawer." This made me feel SOOOO badly that students felt threatened to comply, rather than trusted. Yes, trust process is genius! Lynn

  3. Teaching is still the noblest job out there. Learning with sincerity and focus would surely get the highest learning. For example if you want to learn fraction easily, chances are you will never learn at all because you just want the easy way. But with sincerity and focus, added with great teaching strategy, the result would be great!