Students sometimes begin the year with motivation and a sense of urgency to build stamina, only to find it waning as the year progresses. When this happened in Rachel Andres's room, in Glen Burnie, Maryland, she got back to basics. Together, she and her students reviewed, refined, and explicitly defined what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like to Get Started Right Away and to Read the Whole Time. We think it's a smart idea. Not only would it be great for our midyear slump, but it is the kind of focused, direct instruction we want to add when launching the Daily 5.
Here is what Rachel had to say:
We've been having a hard timegetting started right away and working the whole time, so I thought we'd back up and reteach. We made a poster of what it would look like, sound like, and feel like (as in, how you would feel inside), and the kids came up with the specifics. I was amazed by what they wanted under "feels like" since I didn't prompt them at all.