Today I'm linking up with Caitlin at
with the Daily Five book study.
Here are the questions and my answers from Chapter 2:
1. Do you trust your students? How do you build this trust? Are you able to trust them and allow them to be independent throughout all aspects of your day? Are you going to be able to stay out of their way?
A. As I reflect on the last few years, I believe that I do trust my students. However, I only trust some. You know, the ones who come into your room who already exhibit your expectations of behavior. You pick them out immediately to be your helpers (favorites, if you will). I trust them to do what they need too, the others, I try to build trust, but am still watching them like a hawk.
B. This year I want to build trust with ALL of my students. I know this can happen through modeling my expectations and continuing to model throughout the year. I can also build trust through letting them do more things independently.
C. Those students that I trust, are trusted throughout all aspects of the day. I let them go to the restroom by themselves, get water, go run other errands for me. There are others who I partner up with a trusted student to do things throughout the day. I know this will have to change.
D. I am going to try my best to get out of their way. Again, this will all go back to how I model my expectations at the beginning. How I start off my first 2 weeks of school will determine the rest of the year! So now I have to trust someone even bigger than the kiddos...MYSELF! (eek! =)
2. How much choice do you give your students throughout the day? Do you go over your daily schedule with your students or is it just 'posted' in the room?
A. My students have very little choice (it all goes back to that trust, right?). We work in whole group together, they follow a schedule for literacy and math stations (a schedule that I've designated for them), some days they don't even have a choice in play centers. I assign by table, group, partners..whatever. It's my schedule...boy do I have a big change coming in my room!!! Yipes!
B. I have a daily schedule posted, one day we might go over our day, the next day eh, not so much. I am usually really good at going over it daily at the beginning of the year, but then I "assume" it is a routine for them and they should know what we're doing by now. Guess I need to change that too.
3. How are you going to create that sense of community where students will hold each other accountable?
I already create a sense of community at the beginning of the year. We learn about each other, we talk about things that are going on in our lives in morning meeting. We talk about of Classroom Norms and things we can do to act on these norms. I feel I do a good job with this, but can probably expound upon it and do even more. Showing the kiddos that if a friend is stuck on something, what can you do to help them or if someone is acting improperly, could you help them correct their behavior to help the me out. Wow, what great trust would that be.
4. Student ownership in learning? How do you instill this in every child?
This is when I bring in those lovely Anchor Charts. Make them interactive, let the kiddos have a say so in how they are going to learn this skill/topic. I have not always done this. I actually just started skimming the surface of the anchor chart world last year. Still thinking at the end of this year, why had I not done these before and what can I do to incorporate MORE.
Also, show them why learning is so important. Ask them what they want to be when they grow up. What do you think you need to know for that profession? It usually all ends up back at reading/writing.
This part of the book reminded me of a new commercial out where this kid keeps asking, "why?" Isn't that EVERY 5 year old! So we need to help them with the "why" so that soon, they are answering the question for themselves.
5. Stamina! How are you going to build stamina with reading? independent work? Will you use a timer? Will you set goals?
This will be a challenging goal. I'm one who usually starts my stations after modeling and practice and give them 15 minutes for each rotation. This was usually disastrous, but remember from my last post, I was the hovering teacher who walked around making sure they stayed focused...even when I had 2 students over here finished in 2 minutes, and on the other end I had 5 students who still needed more time. I am ALL for stamina, setting goals starting with 1 minute and moving up to 10 or 15 minutes. This will definitely be a new experience for me.
I think, once stamina is built, I can do the whole "stay out of the way" thing. It will be hard, but if I want a more effective classroom, it's what I HAVE to do.
Next week we are heading back over to Tammy's wonderful blog to discuss Chapter 3!
I am also over at Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten today. Go check out my post about The Secret Stories by clicking her button.