I'm linking up with the ladies from Freebielicious to talk about the new 2nd Edition of the Daily 5. I'm kind of behind the game a little, because I got my book a little late. I had no idea that a 2nd edition was out, but I couldn't be more glad that it is. I have been doing Daily 5 in my classroom since 2011. I started halfway through the school year, when I had first discovered their book. I even have a page here on my blog talking about how I got started. Since then, the Daily 5 has evolved in my classroom from year to year. In the book, Chapters 1 and 2 the 2 sisters talk about the foundations for their book and research. They also, talk about how they have made some changes to their structure, in that as the year progresses and students become more and more independent, they have less rounds of Daily 5--because the children can stay at their Daily 5 of choice longer.
I found that the same thing occurred in my own class. I teach 1st grade so stamina is a completely foreign concept to most of my students when they enter my classroom. And let me tell you something, it's hard! But, I've found that if you have the stamina as the teacher to stick with the 10 steps to Independence, your class will be successful. When I read about muscle memory in the 1st book, my thought was "Did I just hear angels singing?" "Why had no one ever told me to do this before?" The sisters reiterate these step in the 2nd Edition, it is the foundation of making the Daily 5 successful in your classroom. I know some people, who just want to rush through the process and get it started. But I found patience is a virtue. And the training truly pays off.
As I read the rest of the 2nd Edition, I will talk about how it differs, or how it can work in your classroom.
Here's a little freebie for you--Some Daily 5 signs that I use in my classroom as anchor charts.