Best Book I Have Not Read

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Student created Strategy Posters Reading and Writing April 16, 2010

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The Cafe Book by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser “The Sisters” April 15, 2009

I became a fan of “The Sisters” with their publication for The Daily Five: Fostering Literacy Independence. Even though the book was aimed at more primary students than my fourth graders were, I was game to give some of their strategies a try. I had been a huge proponent of individual reading conferences for many years, but the management of the rest of the class as well as the organization to ensure I was meeting with students in a way that met their needs was still a challenge. The Sisters got me with their quote, “Did those things (centers, projects, worksheets…)just keep our kids busy or were they engaged in literacy tasks that will make a difference in their literate lives.” Their concerns mirrored many of mine.cafe

You can read the entire Cafe Book book online. I made it about halfway through before my copy arrived in the mail Friday.  You can also hear a  blog interview on Stenhouse to see some more information from the sisters. They do also have their own website-part free, most subscription.  

The Cafe system makes record-keeping and organization accessible for teachers who feel often feel overwhelmed by the management of workshop or conferences.

They are coming to Columbus, Ohio this summer for some workshops in conjunction with Choice Literacy and I am thrilled a few of the elementary teachers I work with will be in attendance.  They did a great job presenting at the Dublin Literacy Conference-very engaging and had me laughing quite a bit. My favorite story was from the one sister who tried to make post-it notes into wearable jewelry so she wouldn’t keep losing them. 

Many of us have made their “Pensieve” notebooks and love having all our records in one place. It’s a nice complement to any reading or writing workshop, not just one new thing to try.

 

Daily Five’s “The Sisters” at Dublin Literacy Conference February 23, 2009

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Have you ever wanted to or been asked to…

differentitate?

conduct small groups?

confer individually? 

Wondered what you do with the rest of the children?

What Sets Daily 5 Apart for Students and Teachers

What sets Daily Five apart for…

Teachers…

• Deliver 3-5 whole group lessons each day

• Teach 3-4 small groups of children each day

• Confer with 9-12 individual students each day

• Hold all students accountable for eyes-on-text

What sets Daily Five apart for…

Students…

• engaged in the act of reading and writing for extended amounts of time

• receive focused instruction on building and maintaining independence

receive tailored instruction through whole group, small group and/or

individual conferring, by their skilled classroom teacher, each day

Boushey&Moser

www.thedailycafe.com

Another great Dublin Literacy session-fast-paced, usable tomorrow in the classroom, and funny! Daily Five is one of the easiest books I’ve read in years and you really can start applying the strategies in your classroom at any time of the year. I used it with fourth graders quite successfully.  

If I wasn’t already booked, I would definitely pay to go see their full day presentation offered through Choice Literacy! Check it out!