Chapter 7 is all about making the transition from building stamina and practicing everyday to actually allowing students to make the choice of what D5 component they will choose. It also includes some frequently asked questions and answers fyi.
I have been wondering the whole time I have been reading this how long it would actually take to implement everything and be ready to work. I don't know when the Sisters start school but they are saying mid-October they are ready to "set the kids free"! We start mid-August, so that is 2 whole months.... hmmm... Not sure how I feel about that. I am thinking it was about 6 weeks to completely teach every concept, then they practice ALOT to build stamina with all components for another 3 weeks? What do you think?
I think we are all use to being in control of literacy block so I understand the hesitation the Sisters talk about when they are ready to let the students choose. Sometimes when things are going good you don't necessarily want to mess with that... but choice is important. Infact, providing choice was the topic I did my action research on-- it is important!
There is a guide for implementing the choice aspect in this Chapter that is very helpful. In addition to that guide, I created a chart you can use to keep track of choices for a week or 2 while you are making the transition to choice.
Daily 5: Make the Transition to Choice
Take a few minutes during that first week of choice to mark everyone's chocies so they get use to making a choice and they are accountable for their choice. Also, you can keep track of the last D5 component they did they day before... if they didn't get to finish Writing they may want to go back there first the next day.
I couldn't fit more than 20 students-- sorry!
For ALOT more info, regarding this Chapter and the Daily 5 check out the blog hop below... and visit the hosts of this final book club meeting: