Monday, July 1, 2013

{CURRENLY} and a Writer's Workshop/Daily 5 {CoNuNdRuM}!!

Hello, all!!! 

I had a saddening, somewhat frightening, realization this week.  I could not, LITERALLY, could not do the July {CURRENTLY} until today.  My fingers would not let me near the computer to even get a head start on it. 

Hello, my name is Mandi Palmer and I have OCD (apparently).  How ridiculous is that?!?!?!?  It seemed wrong to begin on the July {CURRENTLY} until it was officially July 1st.  I have a sickness.  BUT....now that it's time......here we go.......some {CURRENTLY} fun with Farley!
It is CUH~razy how many people link up with this part-ay each month!  Go link up and join in the fun!

Moving on to my Writer's Workshop/Daily 5 conundrum:
How do you do both??  Can you do both??  I love Daily 5!!  I love the way it soaks kids in literacy from every possible angle.  I love how it fosters independence {this helps sooooo much when I'm meeting with my small groups}.  I love, love, LOVE Daily 5!  I also really, really, REALLY want to incorporate Writer's Workshop.

Now, I've heard that Daily 5 can be like a lot of little reader's and writer's workshops.  I get that.  BUT......I need specifics.  Do I have them do something in "Work on Writing" in Daily 5 that directly correlates with what we are doing in WW (Writer's Workshop)?  Do you do WW separately that Daily 5???  I need HELP!!!  Does anyone do both?  Any suggestions will do!!!! 

Also, in my desire to learn more about WW, I ran across this **FABULOUS** resource from Amanda at One Extra Degree!  I cannot wait to dive into this!!! 
 
Again.....if any of you fabulous, wonderfully creative veteran teachers out there have any (and I do mean ANY) advice on my conundrum......I would really appreciate it!

Keep livin' the dream,

5 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm now following you, love your cheerful blog design, and am happy to share some Daily 5/WW advice!

    I did both with my kindergartners, although our school had a workbook-based phonics curriculum and no other teacher (except my pal in 2nd gr) did anything other than the workbook. I used Read To Self/Someone during our "rest" time in the afternoon, starting in 2nd quarter, plus during stations. The computer and iPad were part of our morning literacy rotations. I began each day with a mini-lesson in reading and writing, after morning meeting. Most days, a read-aloud was part of that lesson. I learned a lot last summer from studying "In Pictures And In Words" by Katie Wood Ray!

    I taught full-day K, and added a longer stretch of time on Thursdays and Fridays for Writer's Workshop. As the year progressed, we began to do W/W most days, saving an Author's Chair time for Friday afternoons. My students soon began to choose to work on their books whenever they would finish something early or during a free time. Writer's Workshop is a beautiful thing! If you can make each child realize that s/he is an author, from day 1, you will have an amazing time with it!

    I look forward to following you! :-)
    ReadWriteSing

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  2. I think pretty much every one of my Currentlys says "FRIENDS" for Listening! It's ALWAYS on in my house too!!! I do writers workshop & D5 a little different- I do one hour of writing first thing in the morning, and then an hour and a half right after that of D5. Our school is mandated to have 2 1/2 hours each morning for our language arts block, so this works out well. The only probablem is there is NEVER enough time for Eveyrthing- I'm always cut short during our writing block, and the kids hardly ever get to all 5 D5 stations in one day (three most days, four on a great day). Hope this helps! Do what's best for you and your kiddos!!! :)

    Soaring Through Second

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  3. I love your blog so I nominated you for a Liebster Award! Visit my blog for the details! :)
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    ~Colleen
    Tales From 3rd Grade

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  4. Hi Mandi,

    Great blogging- don't you just love all the perks of summer vacation and how much energy you get for next year! I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for Liebster Award. Check out my blog to see what it's all about if you have not heard of it before :)

    Happy blogging :)
    Ashley
    http://teachingpawsitively.blogspot.com

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  5. Hi Mandi,

    Thanks for your blog and your enthusiasm for all that you are learning. Although this blog is 2 years old I find myself pondering the relationship between writers workshop and Daily 5. I have taught Daily 5 for many years and would like to implement Writers Workshop as well. My issue relates to how to blend the two or carve out enough time to both. I have a first/second grade combo class and use Daily 5 time to teach reading groups. How did you end up working both of this into your schedule?

    Thanks!

    Adrian

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