Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Daily 5 is Alive...in the Middle!

Posted by Deb Kivela [Instructional Consultant]

"It is the open-mindedness and the seeking of new information and practices that insures teachers continued success in the classroom." Robert John Meehan @TeachersJourney


It is no secret that our division has promoted The Daily 5 (Gail Bousey & Joan Moser),as a structure to foster student independence and achievement in literacy. Neither does it come as any surprise that many primary teachers in Regina Public Schools have embraced this instructional framework. Of course they would! Truth be told, master teachers always have planned for optimum instruction time and differentiate tasks to ensure learning success. The structure of The Daily 5 further supports and refines what they instinctively know, works for their students!



In order to meet the wide range of student needs and diversity in today’s classrooms, instruction varied between the whole group, small groups and individual students is a recognized “best practice” for ALL grades. In fact, I don’t think it is an overstatement to say, it is a “necessary practice”….. a reality. As a result, recent professional development workshops and professional book circles offered for grades 4-6 are focused on structural frameworks and guided small group lessons to support both balanced literacy and numeracy instruction.

I will never underestimate the WILL and SKILL of my colleagues to ensure that all students succeed. I hear about, read about and am witness to remarkable teaching practices in Regina Public Schools that repeatedly prove our students come first! Many stories and practices deserve sharing, as does this one……

On his professional blog, Jason Howse, @MrHExperience, teacher at Wascana Community School, shares his journey of learning and success with The Daily 5 structure and CAFÉ (Bousey & Moser) Menu of instruction (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expanded Vocabulary) in a middle year’s classroom. @MrH_SevenStones



"The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives" Robert John Meehan

Enjoy watching Jason’s Daily 5 Literacy block and CAFÉ menu in action! This typical day of student engagement in learning was captured on video thanks to our Literacy Coordinator, Kira Fladager, @kfladager


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