Friday, February 15, 2013

Literacy Work Stations or Daily 5?!

As most of you know, I organized a Daily 5 book study last Summer. I have been doing D5 this year. I am not sure how I feel about it. I keep finding myself wanting to bail on D5 and go back to Literacy Work Stations. 

What do you do? I am considering doing a combination of both! Is that possible?! Oyyyy!! What am I doing?! :-) LOL! I just feel like my kids are not as engaged during D5 as they were in LWS. I know...I know...I KNOW...STAMINA! 

I feel like my guided reading/small group instruction is not as effective because of my switch. I keep telling myself...stick it out! Don't bail! However, I just don't know that D5 is the best for my classroom. Decisions, decisions, decisions!

Well, I was going through some of my old LWS items. I do have a couple of things to share with you!
I created a LWS folder cover and the share time questions. You can click on the picture below to download the whole set. I have included two options for LWS folder covers, share time questions, and finished work labels. 




I would LOVE to hear what you do? What is working well for you?

23 comments:

  1. I actually do a combo of both. I make the choices for my students. I took out Read to Self because I felt like it was not helping my students. They would just sit and chit chat with kids nearby them. My choices are now: Read to Someone (for my 3 highest reading groups), Work on Computer, iPods, Word Work, Work on Writing, and Listen to Reading.

    I was a huge Daily 5 fan but it was just not working for my kids.

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  2. I actually want to try out a combo of both too!!

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  3. I am a fan of BOTH, and have huge respect for Debbie Diller and the Sisters. I did Stations for years, then thought D5 was going to be some sort of miracle management system that solved every problem I ever had encountered. I first started D5 about 7-8 years ago, and since then have come to learn that "the best" thing really depends on the year... Meaning the group of kids, the schedule, if I have a lot of volunteers who want to come in, if I have a lot of pull-outs, aides, aides, etc. Now I find I start by introducing the D5 choices in the way the Sisters do, because it is so beneficial to other aspects to classroom management & expectations. As we go forward and additional choices are introduced, I use the Check In time with the class to evaluate how things are going. If we really can't get it together, then I take some of the burden of choice away from them and assign some choices on my clipboard (that's how we do our Round choice assignments). This year, I have four small groups of 4-5 stdts. & 3 rounds of D5. I have an aide come in for two rounds. I meet with 3 of my groups for guided reading (mandated), the aide meets with 2 groups for skill and HFW work, and another group is assigned to work on computers. These are all pre- assigned slots, designed by me when I do my weekly planning to make sure everyone gets work they need and "fair" turns. The rest of the children make genuine D5 choices OR have AIS pull-outs when they don't have their assignments... And by this time if the year, I've worked out who can handle/ enjoys more choice and who doesn't, so it's going pretty smoothly. This year, this was a system that the class themselves actually sort of devised with me after not enjoying the non-productiveness of true D5 earlier in the year. Every year, the group manages to work out with me what they like and can handle. For me, I've been a lot happier since I stopped trying to just do one way or the other, but rather using the best of what I've learned from both. :-)

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  4. I have been doing literacy stations for the past few years and was going to change to daily 5 because literacy stations just aren't working for this group. I think a big thing is I had previously had an aide and this year I do not. I am interested in hearing how you all do a mixture of stations and daily 5. I am changing things up on Tuesday when we come back from Presidents Day......both the students and I need a change!

    Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten

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  6. Stick with the D5!!! It's is the 2nd year that I've committed to the whole thing (D5/CAFE). My kiddos have worked so hard and are reading so much better. They know that they have to be in charge of their strategy and how to practice it, whether they're doing it by themselves in Read to Self or they're doing another activity like Work in Writing. We give out share cards to 2-3 kids per round so they can share how they practiced their strategy. It's always reminds the others how to stay on task and practice what they are learning in the focus lesson or in a strategy group. Don't give up!!

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  7. This is my third year in kindergarten (or as a teacher) so all I know is Daily 5. I've never done work stations. I love it and it works well for my kids. I've never had an aide and this year have a large group of difficult students. They do well with it. I will say, however, that I've been part of a common core book study and I've seen on a common core blog that Daily 5 does not necessarily work with Common Core because there isn't a set purpose/outcome for each of the choices. I am going to look into it more, but I think we can definitely set an outcome for word work. I think work on writing is writing practice and that is always a good thing as well as read to self and listen to reading.

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  8. I've tried DF in Kindergarten and find it feels like 1st Grade. I am sticking with LWS because I feel that stays true to Kindergarten. Why push too soon? I certainly have high expectations for all my Kindergarten students, and they range from still learning their letters to reading an F&P GRL level M book!

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  9. I bought the book & spent much time & did the D5 book study & enjoyed it & was so excited...but when school started....I just couldn't give up our LWS! I love them so much & so do my Kinders. I have great respect for Debbie Diller & everyone who manages D5 in their K room, but, for me, LWS! : ) It takes courage to admit it, but its what works for me & my babies!

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  10. I started with D5 this year but within the first 2 months I found myself doing a combined D5/Literacy Stations. It just worked better for the students & myself!

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  11. I started with D5 this year but within the first 2 months I found myself doing a combined D5/Literacy Stations. It just worked better for the students & myself!

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  12. Great question! I feel that there is much value in the idea behind daily 5 and think that the core ideas of developing readers works and that keeping the materials needed to a minimum for the teacher is a big thing. I feel that they can still truly be one in the same with a little variety - who says that read to self can't be 2-3 different centers? Why can't one be a read to self from big books, another read to self like in a library center and the third read to self from their own leveled books? Just my way of trying to get all kinds of literature in front of my kinders all the time. Gotta do what works best for us and our kids!

    Keep us posted!
    -Leslie
    KindergartenWorks.com

    TeachJunkie.com

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  13. I moved into kindergarten in December to replace a retiring teacher. I've been teaching for many years but this is my first year as fulltime k. Prior to making the move, I found the D5 and Cafe book and read both. It just "fits" for me. With my admin's blessing, I have done what I call a "quick install". I haven't spend as much time as I'd have liked to get the routines set like the Sisters recommend but now we are into mid-February and it is working (actually it was working before now). I do all 5 rotations and students have choice of which rotation to move to. Prior to the "moves", I pull the group back together and do a minilesson (each focuses on a different aspect of literacy). Sometimes my word work is more structured (differentiated by level) and sometimes it is more exploration of word work materials. This is the area I will polish for next year. I give the option to continue at Work on Writing or Read to self for two rotations (because who hasn't gotten into writing or reading and not wanted to put it down?). I tried pulling groups but that was when things "got away from me". Now I move from student to student (or sometimes pairs if they are at "Read to Someone) and see almost all (if not all) of my students every day on either reading or writing. I have finally gotten my record system organized in such a way that I can tell who I've met with and what we talked about. When I conference on reading, I have a large "pop up" crate with books categorized by F&P level. I always leave one of those for that child to work on and keep in his/her book box until we meet again. On Fridays, we do a "modified D5" because we have cooking, media center and other activities. Students move amongst the D5 choices at their own pace (no minilessons and back to group meetings) while I meet with small groups on specific concepts. These vary from week to week depending on what need I see as a priority. We also do "Listen and Lollipops" where the kids get to share their favorite writing (the lollipops help keep us from talking and focused on listening). I have seen my children grow so much in the past few months as readers and writers and truly feel that I know and instruct each child individually at his/her level. I challenge those that need challenging and support those that need that extra. I have a couple of younger students that struggle with the concept of staying focused on their work (one reason I wish I'd had more "install" time) but I solve that my giving them a "fixed" place to work (basically they are not allowed to find their own spot and everyone else can find their "comfy place" in the room to work). Those "fixed" places tend to be closer in proximity to me (although I am moving all over the room). I had a day or two when I wondered if it was worth persevering but I am thankful I did. At this point, I am the only teacher using D5 in my school but others are reading the book and I hope we'll have a D5 community next year. Thanks for sharing your insight. It's sharing like yours that has encouraged me...and I'm sure many others. Take care -Susie

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  14. I guess I should add to my post above...I have 22 kinders and I have my parapro for an hour of my two hour literacy block. Prior to using D5, I felt myself watching the clock to make sure I had my para's group complete so she could leave me on time. Now...when she is there she does the opposite of me (if I'm reading, she is writing). If she gets pulled to do something or is delayed for any reason, I don't have to wait or adapt...she fits in seamlessly and when she leaves there is no disruption. I now have created a clipboard for her. She takes notes on her conferences and updates me on things she observes. It feels more like a partnership and I feel our kinders benefit. Sorry so wordy...but want to encourage you that D5 in its entirety is possible and completely wonderful! :)Susie

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  15. I am really glad you blogged about this because I have been wondering what works for others. I have always done stations but want to try to add in the D5 next year and do a combo of both if possible. My stations are kind of complicated but my kiddos always get it. I run 10 stations throughout the week (guided reading, word work, sight words, writing, L.A. computer games, reading art, listening station & response, sentences, phonics games, manipulatives, math). Out of the 10 stations the students come to my guided reading table every day and to the math station with the TA. I have 4 reading groups for 20 min. each. Every day the students go to 2 stations- guided reading with me and the math station with the TA. The students know which station to go to based on where their group color magnet is placed on the board next to the table number. I like having 8 different stations (not including guided reading or math station) because it allows me to break students up into groups of 2-3 at stations which means less talking. Two groups come to guided reading and the math station (5-6 students). It's weird but works for me and some other teachers :) Looking forward to see how it goes in your class.

    Brittany
    Lovely Literacy & More

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  16. I am also struggling with this! I'm doing LWS this year but I read D5 and really wanted to give it a go... but I just don't know! I feel like D5 is too unstructured for me - I like the structure of having set LWS and knowing where my kids are at all times. But, I also feel like I don't have enough time for small groups.. .decisions, decisions!!!!

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  17. I used to use LWS, and was then forced as a school to use D5. My principal retired (she was great!), and the new one is not requiring us to use D5. I found that even with a smaller class (19 as I have a split 1st/2nd grade class), I felt that too much time was wasted "checking in." Also, with students being pulled for a variety of things, it seemed like a 1,000 piece puzzle some days. So...now I used a mixture of both. I have the following centers: me (guided reading), work with words (I use individualized spelling words), listen to reading (and Scootpad reading on Tue. & Thu.), read to someone, read to self, and write about reading (I have a separate writing time). We have 6 rounds every day, with less than a minute between rounds (more time learning:) I think that the key thing is to do what works best for you and for your class!

    Primary Classrooms are Oceans of Fun

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  18. I did daily five for 2 years in my kindergarten classroom and felt like I had it down last year. My kids worked quietly and were engaged for great lengths of time by February. By the end of the year, I would look around amazed at my students working so hard and quietly. This year, my district asked that I use Work stations with the icons because they felt it would help ease the transition to the workstations in first grade. I have incorporated some of the daily five routines such as posting the expectations and timer on the smartboard, sending them off with a purpose, and checking in with minilessons. It has worked but I'm battling a lot more talking and off task behavior during stations. The thing I liked about daily five is that the kids work independently. They also gravitated toward activities that met their own needs without my having to photocopy and plan so much. My low ones would choose to make words from the word wall while my upper ones would be creating word family words from another chart in the classroom. It is difficult the first 12 weeks of school while building stamina (my small groups didn't really start until November), but I was able to work at 25 minutes a rotation if needed by the end of the year(assessments). I don't know if that will happen again this year and I'm already planning on adding more daily five ideas to our workstations for next year. Keep in mind, everyone's version of Daily Five looks different. My D5 was just 3 rotations of 15-20 minutes and a 10 minute minilesson. You just have to find a system that works for you.

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  19. I did a ton of summer reading about daily 5, bought the book and the cafe book, pinned like a mad woman and organized my room. Then the kindergarten kids started. I had such a difficult time keeping them on task so I went back to literacy centers. I didn't give up though we tried again in January and they were ready to be more independent. I think I will do it the same next year unless my kidos are more mature. I think every class is different.

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  21. we have just been told that we HAVE to do the daily 5 next year. I am trying to embrace it because i have always done the Debbie Diller workstation model, and it has always worked like a charm for me. They way that I am visualizing myself doing Daily 5 is probably going to be a blend of the two. I am right now renaming all my workstations into the 5 categories. I am planning on assigning the stations to the kids because honestly for me, I can't imagine giving up the control to my kids to be responsible for the choice making. I guess we will see how it goes. I think if I believe it will work - then it will.

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  23. We do daily 5 and CAFE! Love them both. My Cafe board is best tool! We are working troward having writing and Math structured similiar to daily 5 and CAFE!! I also have to say we do it as a school and it is great, because my 1st graders come in with an understanding of how daily 5 works and everything is just review.

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