So recently, one of my real life colleagues found my blog. At first I was worried until I realized which colleague it is and then I knew my secret was safe! The fabulous Mrs. A, over at Wild World of Teaching, is new to blogging but she is amazing. We have recently discovered that we are like peas in a pod in terms of our teaching philosophy. What's sad about that is, she will most likely end up teaching 1st grade instead of the 2/3 split she is currently assigned (we just don't have the numbers to justify a split in those grades). I'm really sad about that, especially now that I realize our philosophies are so similar. Again, she's new to the blogging world, but check her out. It'll be worth it, I promise!
After our reading training yesterday I was all fired up about Reading Street. They piloted two programs and I prayed this was the one they would pick. I am NOT a fan of scripted curriculum AT ALL but this one is really, really good. I can't believe I am about to admit my massive nerdiness here but I couldn't sleep last night despite being beyond exhausted so I spread out my Reading Street manuals on my bed and armed myself with a notepad and pencil and started thinking about how I could work this program.
I have wanted to do Daily 5 for a long time and have never had the guts to just DO IT ALREADY. And I want to...but now that same ole anxiety creeps in and I feel overwhelmed. There is SO MUCH to Reading Street that I don't know how I would break it down to use Daily 5. I thought about having Monday be a whole group day since much of the RS stuff is teacher-led the first day and then doing groups Tuesday-Friday with 3 rounds. BUT then I thought "how would I teach the story twice if I can't see all of my groups every day?!" and "some of the station activities are REALLY useful -- how will I ever use them?!"
So yeah. That panicky part of myself that makes me anxious and tells me that I just can't do it....has reared it's ugly head. It honestly seems like it would be SO.MUCH.EASIER. to just follow the program as aligned....but then another part of me says that even if I follow the suggested outline, there is still no way to get with every group every day because you need at least 20 minutes per group and I am just not going to have that kind of time.
It's irritating. I am a HUGE planner and I like feeling like I know what I am doing. I just don't know how to incorporate Reading Street with Daily 5. I know a lot of people do it and do it successfully. But I am feeling kind of lost since these are both new programs for me. I do have a Daily 5 training I am going to in August and I plan to ask them how to incorporate both because I do love the idea.
I'd love to hear how you successfully use Reading Street with Daily 5 if you have both (or other similar basal programs that emphasize small groups). I know I CAN do it (and tell that stupid little voice in my head to take a hike) but it feels like a daunting task and I'm not sure how to start.