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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Daily 5 Link Up!

Well, I am NEW to the Kindergarten world. This year will be my first year teaching Kindergarten and I am looking forward to it. I had been wanting to revamp a few teaching strategies and literacy centers in my room this next year and didn't really know WHAT to do. Well, one afternoon I checked my email and saw this post on my TBA newsletter about a Kindergarten Linky Party with the book The Daily Five. I thought...hmmm. Wonder what that is? So I googled the book. No more than 30 minutes later I was calling the local library and going down there to get a new library card to check it out. the time I got there all copies were checked out! I cried thought "SERIOUSLY?" Guess it wasn't meant to be. My husband was with me and could see how bummed I was. Kept checkin the library for 2 days straight and one afternoon my husband texts me and says "Go check your Kindle fire." Theres a surprise waiting for you to read." He had searched all over our hometown and NO ONE had the book, so he got on our Kindle and bought it for me there. Whoa buddy was I excited! I yelled thought WHOO now I can link up with other Kindergarten teachers and read this book at the same time! Yippee! Well, I loved chapter one. Here were my thoughts....

1. How do I teach new behaviors?
I am UTTERLY CoMPLETELY pooped the first few weeks of school. Last year I think I cried every afternoon out of tiredness and the thought that I couldn't take a nap because then I wouldn't be up at 5 to get moving the next day. I felt like I was literally herding elephants the first few weeks. There were 36 kids and 2 teachers, all up in my space (if you get me). Being in Pre-K, I have to model EVERYTHING. When I say everything....I mean literally everything. I have to show them how to open glue, hold/use scissors, hold a crayon/pencil the right way, on and on....  What does it really look like for me in my classroom? I get them together at carpet time and show them then have them show me! We practice and we discuss about what things should look like. We slo talk about what things should sound like. 

We practice...practice...practice and then PRACTICE MORE! This year I felt like the practice never ended. Kept going and going, like the Energizer Bunny.

2. How do I teach expectations?
I have high expectations for my kids. They were only 4. However, my motto is if you;re going to be in Big boy and Big Girl school you have to act like one. Again, like the energizer bunny I model and practice practice practice. I am constantly reminding them of what my expectations are! Even still on day 95...I remind them before we leave the room what I expect in the hallway. My kids were usually the best behaved at assembly and get togethers. I think it was due to the fact that my aide and i were CONSTANTLY on them about how they should act and the fact that they know they are setting an example.  If you don't instill good behaviors early on. They never will follow other teachers expectations. 

3. How do I monitor student behavior? whole group? small groups? individual?
I have had to release some student behaviors this past year, but honestly I can see myself having a really hard time with this. I like control of the classroom.... However, I really like the idea of students self monitoring. Our reading series and testing do not allow for tons of self monitor. Most All, is done by the teacher or reading coach. And that is ok to some extent. However.....I will definitely look at trying to have some self monitoring added into the classroom possibly during whole and small group time. 

4. What do I do when a student is not exhibiting desired behavior?
I am right there in the middle column on this one.  I use the clip chart in my room (which I still plan on using) and my kids do miss some of their recess. But I RARELY have them model to me the correct behavior. I always make them tell me what they did wrong. Instead of always making it about wrongs...why not ask them what they can do next time better?  Focus on the positive. 

5. Whose classroom is it?
Oh my gracious.......I am the person that says "it is so my classroom!" I am SUPER bad about keeping things out of reach from kids from fears that things will get unorganized, mixed up, misplaced,  or broken. I have an OCD with organization in the classroom...Can you tell? I really would like for me to view the classroom as "our" classroom! I will be focusing on that this year.

6. Locus of control?
I have a prize box, stickers, stamps and smarties that I give out.  Is it really that bad? I think a reward every now and then for good behavior, etc is a good thing. It's an incentive to keep them motivated to always do good. I guess I will have to read on to see if I am making a true NO NO with this one.

7. Where are supplies stored?
Extras are under the cabinets. However, each student had their own crayon pouch this year. Next year, this will change. Each table will have their own basket of supplies to choose from. Currently, I monitor supplies. Students tell me when something is running low. By the end of the year, some responsible students were allowed to get in the cabinet and get the glue out and scissors out when needed. Do I really need to continue to monitor supplies and keep them tucked away out of reach in the cabinets?  I don't think so. Maybe if I teach the kids at the beginning of the year how to take care of these things then I won't have to worry about things being misplaced, mis-used, stolen, or broken....RIGHT? :) This is one area that I need must let the control organized freak in me let go of. I think it could be good to have the kids take care of supplies. Teaches responsibility. 

I love this book. I am currently through half of chapter 2 and look forward to linking up for it! Thank you to Tammy at Live, Laugh and Love for hosting chapter 1! 


  1. Just became your newest follower. Love your blog!

    ✰ Kimberley ✰
    First in Maine

    1. Thank you!! I am about to be your newest follower!!

  2. Good luck in Kindergarten. If you plan on using the Daily 5 you will surely get off to a great start. It's an awesome resource.

    *Newest follower :)

    1. Thank you!! I am
      Excited about implementing the daily 5

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