This summer has brought a lot of changes. I just started back to school. I am working on a Master's in Reading. I loved the first class (Foundations in Reading) and am looking forward to the next one. I am also making a professional change. I left the regular classroom last year and taught K-2 ESE Co-Taught. I loved working with my kids and enjoyed the opportunity to go into different classrooms. I was all set to do the same thing again, when I attended a training on Reading Street and Common Core. I sat in class for three days feeling sorry for myself because the pendulum had finally swung back to thematic teaching and I was going to miss out because I didn't have my own classroom. So, I finally called my principal to see if there were any openings. She had just gotten another second grade unit and would put me in there if I wanted. I was thrilled that I was going to have my own classroom, but a little sad that I would be leaving my ESE babies. Then, a week later, I found out that there was an opening for a K-1 Intensive Academics teacher at my school. Once again, I talked to my principal (who is AMAZING by the way) and she moved me to that position. Now, I have the best of both worlds - I have my own class and I'm still in ESE. I can't wait to start the year.
I had already decided that I wanted to implement the Daily 5 after reading all about it on other blogs. I had a pretty good idea about what it would look like in second grade. However, now that I am going to be in a K-1 classroom, I am not so sure. I think the first graders will be fine with it, but I am concerned about the kinders. If anyone out there in Blogworld has used Daily 5 with Kindergarten, I would love to hear about your experiences, especially what did and didn't work.