For this week's chapter on the Daily Five, I thought I'd pick out a quote that really inspired me and encompasses the whole chapter. The following quote is from page 47:"The tone for the entire year is established during the early weeks of school. When we take our time during this critically important period, moving slowly and thoughtfully to build a solid foundation, it pays off all year long."
As I am rereading The Daily Five I find myself re-energized and committed to starting the Daily Five with my new group. The lessons in this chapter and others are ones that I've used to some degree and plan to implement more this year. In the past I haven't specifically talked about stamina. I want to this year. I want the kids to know exactly what they are doing right and build on that. I want to start even slower than in past years and build MORE modeling and checking in to what I do. Don't get me wrong...I understand how jam-packed those first couple of weeks are with bus evacuation drills, review/learning of lunchroom, hallway and classroom procedures, ETC. Those things are important but so is building the foundation of learners that you will build from throughout the year. That's what it's really all about, isn't it?
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