5 Suggestions for Reestablishing Independence


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It is not uncommon for Daily 5 behaviors to slip a bit throughout the year. Before and after holidays, after an absence from school, when spring is in the air, or any time there is a disruption to the school routine, behaviors of independence may deteriorate.

Here are a few suggestions to support student independence:

1. Bring those I-charts back out for a review. Revise and add new items to address current concerns.

2. Take a day to go back through the 10 Steps of Independence for each of the Daily 5 choices. We even have kids model the correct and incorrect behavior again.

3. We know that choice for students brings about optimum learning. However, pulling back for a few days and eliminating choice for a bit can bring an about-face regarding bumpy behaviors.

 4. Stop small-group work for a couple days and focus exclusively on individual conferring. Proximity often facilitates more appropriate behavior.

5. If all else fails, set up a video camera during Daily 5 and let it run on its own. As a class, watch the video to see the behaviors taking place. Sometimes, seeing is believing.

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