Confession and Share

Okeedokie....this is going to be a quick post! 

1) My confession....I am SO overwhelmed right now!!!  I am one who doesn't deal well with change (confession....I'm working on it) So ordered the CAFE and Daily 5 and have been frantically reading because I want to put them in place in my classroom this year. (I start Monday, students a week from that) So there's a change and I am still trying to work it all out in my head as to what will be best in my room.  THEN, today I went to a training....Reader's Toolkit, Train the Trainer.  So I am on information overload and am super stressed as to what to use, how to make it work, when to start it.............all these "programs" are's just that change thing and making it work the very best for my kiddos....that's the goal. So, I'm gonna grab a cup of coffee and try to calmly think it all through.  (Any suggestions, wisdom, prayers,...all are welcome:) )

2) My share, although what I just spilled sounded like a share....this one is fun:)  I am oh too lucky to be a creative contributor with a super bunch of gals at Create-Share-Inspire.  I just posted about some Making Words Letter Puddles.  So if you want to see what that's all about, please hop over and check out our blog:)



  1. Start out with Daily 5 (or whatever number you're going to use) and build from there. I do daily 3, and since I have to use a basal, I put the weekly strategies on the CAFE board. I love the steps the sisters give to getting DAILY 5 up and running. I use the shoe analogy for 'I PICK'. Be sure to make the I charts for each Daily with the class and keep them posted.

    Good Luck...I start in 2 weeks.

    A Time to Share & Create


    Fabulous 4th Grade

  2. The Daily 5 is so easy to get running, especially with 4th graders. The first year I used it, I just reread the section I was doing that day and went for it. I think once you get started, you'll see how easy it is and that will relieve some stress. Don't worry about adding the cafe right away. It can easily be added into your workshop mid/late September or October and be great! You'll do great!!

  3. Make the CAFE and Daily 5 work for you. There is no rule that everything has to be perfectly in place on Day 1.:) When I started, it took me a couple of months before I began meeting with strategy groups.

    You already realize the most important part--making it work for your kiddos! Good luck! Can't wait to share in your conversion!

    Lifelong Learning

  4. OMG Tara! That is exactly what I am thinking right now. I just ordered the Cafe book today from B&N. I love Pat's advice and think that is where I am going with it. I have to use the basal, but will be bringing lots of authentic literature into my Reading program. I put together a team meeting for Thursday at my home with the 4/5th grade teachers so we could collaborate on the first few weeks of school. (And so I can show them all the wonderful blogs I have discovered this summer.) Goodluck!

  5. Classrooms are a place of learning. That includes the teachers. Take it slow. You can do it!

  6. Tara, your students are so lucky to have a teacher who is so committed to giving them the very best learning experiences ...I hope their parents appreciate a teacher who worries about getting things right and in place for their are so inspirational and I know that you will be FINE! Just remember to breathe;) Thanks for the share...I am off to check it out:) Wishing you a wonderful weekend ~ Tina :)

  7. Right there with you! I'm implementing the Daily 5 and the Cafe with my fourth graders (school starts Monday!) and my brain was totally on information overload after our group planning today.

  8. I love Daily 5! I've used it in 2nd and 3rd grades and will use it this year in 4th. I love it because you can adapt it to anything you've already is mostly a management system. The best part is the training at the beginning of the year--I spend about 6 weeks training the kids to do all the independent work they will complete while I'm teaching small group reading. It is time consuming, but well worth it! I'd love to share with you! I actually posted on my blog today about using Daily 5!


  9. Some of the teachers at my school use Daily 5. I've never tried it but I'm going to check it out now. I'm going to be trying "Whole Brain Teaching" this year. I'm really excited and nervous about getting it started. I'm going in Monday to finish setting up my classroom but school doesn't officially start until the 15th. I'm glad we have a little over two weeks before it starts. I have so much stuff to do! Thanks for following my blog. I just started it but I'm addicted! You have some great ideas so thanks for sharing them!


  10. Well, don't feel like you're alone-I, too, am OVERWHELMED! :) This will be my 1st year doing CAFE/Daily 5 in 6th grade-AND I just ordered Patrick Allen's Conferring book and still need to REread Daily 5/CAFE! :) I start on 8/8 and kids on 8/11. You can do it-hopefully, I can, too! :)


  11. You will love the Daily 5. I have done it with 2nd and 3rd graders for four years! Two biggest words of advice: #1-Do not rush the building stamina part and students modeling right and wrong behavior. You will start to feel like you are behind, but if you stick to it you won't be stopping after the holidays to get your class back on track. #2-Hold the Daily 5 book right on your lap as you teach. I did this so I wouldn't miss a thing and after about three weeks we had slipped some with our stamina and one of my darlings said, "Mrs. W, what does the book say about going backwards?" I showed them the page and we continued practicing and they were determined to get it right! It will come....just breathe!
    The Write Handed Teacher

  12. I've been doing Daily 5/Cafe for a few years and my advice is to take it slow and build as you go when both you AND your students are ready. So much of Daily 5's success depends on the training we do at the beginning of the year. So don't rush it.
    Flamingo Fabulous in Second Grade

  13. Made the letter puddles this afternoon and posted about them tonight. Read all about it and see how great they turned out here - thanks! Barbara


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