We’ve been doing stations this year using the Daily Five as well as our EPearl and Abra software. I took a short video the other day to show you how engaged the students are in what they are working on. Generally, we do Read to Self, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing, an Epearl station (digital portfolio) and ABRA , (which could be a Work on Words station). The first part of the video is just using the Daily Five and the last part of the video shows us using an ABRA and an ePearl station.
You are invited into our classroom to watch us work. It’s interesting though because just like you like your home to look nice and tidy when you have invited guests I feel a bit embarrassed as I’m not sure our classroom looks as tidy as it should. Between you and me that is an ongoing goal of mine – to have a neat and organized classroom.
I have been worried that doing stations like this would be too hectic and noisy but instead it is becoming the best part of the day. As well, I think it is a favorite of my students, too. I introduced each part of the Daily Five slowly making a t chart like the the two sisters suggested. We practiced correct and incorrect behaviours. We go over our t charts before we start stations. My hope is that soon I will be able to work with individuals or small groups while the rest of the class is independent and working quietly on their stations.
I used these two books to help me get started by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser “the sisters”.