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Tip of the Week September 19, 2008

September 18, 2008

Build Stamina - How Long?

Can it be that we are already half way through the month of September? By this point, many of our routines are beginning to jell, kids are starting to settle in and the question arises: "When my students are building stamina with Read to Self or for that matter any of the Daily 5?, how do I know when it's time to add another Daily 5? Choice?" For our Tip of the Week this week, we share with you our thoughts on how much stamina we look for in our own classrooms before adding another Daily 5? Choice.

Guest Teacher/Substitute Plans

September 11, 2008

Guest teachers are often delighted with the level of independence and engagement in Daily 5 classrooms. These plans will help you prepare for an absence. 

Tip of the Week August 1, 2008

July 31, 2008

Library Makeover, Third in a Three Part Series

The past two weeks Tip of the Week addressed Classroom Libraries, a Fresh Way to Organize. This week is our third and final component to this series.

A big part of setting up a class library which allows for children to find books they love and are able to return to their appropriate place means book tubs must be clearly labeled. Some teachers have students create the labels for tubs, others create the labels on their computer. Either way works.

Library Makeover

July 24, 2008

July 25, 2008

Last week's Tip of the Week addressed Classroom Libraries. The article outlined the process we went through to create a classroom library that is easy for children to find books they love as well as return them to the correct place, all independently.

Tip of the Week July 18, 2008

July 17, 2008

Classroom Libraries - A Fresh Way to Organize When we set up our classrooms each fall, one of the spaces which requires thoughtful consideration is the classroom library or 'den'. The way we plan for its use can mean the difference between a space where children independently find, read and return good fit books, or a space that becomes an eyesore which requires constant management from us. The classroom library can function as the heart of the room, or its Achilles heel.

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