Daily 5 blog tour wrap-up

Thanks to all of you who participated in this week’s Daily 5 blog tour! We hope that you were able to get a better idea about the second edition of this landmark book and share your excitement with your fellow teachers.

Here are some of the highlights from the tour:

Ruminate and Invigorate with Laura
“Even if you aren’t currently using the Daily Five in your classroom, so many of the strategies can be applied! Joan and Gail pride themselves on keeping up with current brain research, best practices, and connecting with both students and teachers. They’ve built the Daily Five on the foundation of a workshop structure and continue to improve upon it as their learning grows.”

Read Laura’s Q&A with The Sisters

Enjoy and Embrace Learning with Mandy
“You know you’ve read a good book when it sticks with you for a few days and you find yourself thinking about it while doing dishes and the house is all a buzz. The girls are coming and going, asking questions, telling me information and I keep thinking about CHOICE in the Daily 5. My mind kept wandering and thinking about choice because I have always had my literacy block as a reading workshop. I love the hum of the classroom when everyone is reading at the same time. It is Read to Self but everyone is doing it at the same time. As I washed the dishes I wondered, why am I doing it this way? It’s the one component I haven’t been able to try differently even after reading The Daily Five at the beginning of each year. Sometimes our roots hold us firmly in place. However, I’m rethinking this now and will continue to explore my thinking for next year.”

Read Mandy’s initial thoughts and then her Q&A with The Sisters

Reading by Example with Matt
“When we give students time to practice the skills we have explicitly taught them, it is only then that we allow them to become readers and writers. Teachers need to stop apologizing for taking a step back and allowing our kids to walk on their own path toward proficiency. Guiding students to become independent, lifelong learners should be the ultimate goal in any classroom. The Daily 5 framework gives structure and purpose when striving for this laudable goal.”

Read Matt’s post on how principals can support effective literacy instruction

Read, Write, Reflect with Katherine
“Just recently I read the new edition. I had assumed that just a few tweaks would have been made, but there was so much more. I read, folding down pages as I went, highlighting passages, and emailing colleagues my thoughts. Since finishing I have recommended it to many teachers, and shared my copy with friends in my building.”

Katherine is an upper-elementary teacher. Read her take on the book.

Winners of the free signed copy of The Daily 5, Second Edition, will be announced soon!

3 comments May 9th, 2014

Coming soon: Daily 5 blog tour

If you haven’t already, there is still time to get your questions ready for next week’s blog tour with Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, authors of the second edition of The Daily 5. The blog tour will stop at four blogs starting Monday, May 5. At each stop you can read reviews and an interview with The 2 Sisters. It’s also a great time to ask questions and to share your thoughts with fellow teachers. You should definitely visit each blog because the more you comment or ask a question, the better your chances to win one of five signed copies of The Daily 5. (The winners will be selected by each blog host, including the Stenhouse blog, at the end of the tour.)

Here is the schedule:

May 5: Ruminate and Invigorate

May 6: Enjoy and Embrace Learning

May 7: Reading by Example

May 8: Read, Write, and Reflect

May 9: Roundup on the Stenhouse blog

So join us next week for some great discussion! See you soon!

Add comment April 28th, 2014

The Sisters talk about Math Daily 3

“The Common Core Standards require students to think and learn in a much deeper way in all subject areas, all the time, and the Math Daily 3 meets this expectation.” (From Linda Biondi, MiddleWeb reviewer)

One of the new features in the second edition of The Daily 5, is a chapter dedicated to math. In our new video conversation with Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, they discuss how the Math Daily 3 structure can be used to foster independence in students during math time.

Add comment February 27th, 2014

Preview online: The Daily 5, Second Edition

The new edition of The Daily 5 is here! You can now preview the book in its entirety online, and when you pre-order the print format (shipping February 1st) you’ll get immediate access to the e-book, as well as free shipping. Just use the code D5EBOOK when you place your order by January 31st on the Stenhouse website.

And in this new video, authors Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (“The 2 Sisters”) highlight what’s new in the second edition, including lesson plans for launching Daily 5, focus lessons for introducing each of the components, and differentiating for various ages and levels of stamina:

Add comment January 8th, 2014

It’s here! Pre-order the second edition of The Daily Five now!

We are so excited to announce the second edition of The Daily Five! Here is everything you need to know about the new edition and we are happy to bring you a special offer until December 31: Order the book on our website now and receive a FREE 1-month subscription to the Sisters’ Daily CAFE website.

The Daily 5, Second Edition retains the core literacy components that made the first edition one of the most widely read books in education and enhances these practices based on years of further experience in classrooms and compelling new brain research. The Daily 5 provides a way for any teacher to structure literacy (and now math) time to increase student independence and allow for individualized attention in small groups and one-on-one.

Teachers and schools implementing the Daily 5 will do the following:

  • Spend less time on classroom management and more time teaching
  • Help students develop independence, stamina, and accountability
  • Provide students with abundant time for practicing reading, writing, and math
  • Increase the time teachers spend with students one-on-one and in small groups
  • Improve schoolwide achievement and success in literacy and math.

The Daily 5, Second Edition gives teachers everything they need to launch and sustain the Daily 5, including materials and setup, model behaviors, detailed lesson plans, specific tips for implementing each component, and solutions to common challenges. By following this simple and proven structure, teachers can move from a harried classroom toward one that hums with productive and engaged learners.

Add comment November 1st, 2013

Take The Daily Five to the next level

Many teachers and schools using The Daily Five can benefit from adopting the structures in The CAFE Book to track student progress and complement the assessments they already use. Authors Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (“The Sisters”) explain how in this 2-part video interview:

Add comment February 12th, 2013

Three new DVDs from “The Sisters”

We have just posted preview clips for three new DVDs by Joan Moser and Gail Boushey, “The Sisters.”

In The Daily Five for Kindergarten, you can join Joan on a visit to her lively kindergarten classroom where she teaches a whole-class lesson, leads small groups, and confers with students during rounds of Daily Five in literacy.

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In One Morning: The Daily Five and CAFE in First Grade, Gail and Joan show you what the entire literacy block looks like in a classroom using Daily Five and the CAFE assessment program. The Sisters work in a first-grade classroom with teacher Courtney Tomfohr, who uses her CAFE notes to move between read-alouds, mini-lessons, small strategy groups, and individual conferences, closing her morning literacy block with writing workshop.

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Inside Leadership highlights two important components of bringing the Daily Five and CAFE assessment to life in schools: grade-level team meetings and coaching in classrooms.

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