I am very passionate about literacy. I love reading and writing, and I want my students to be as well. That being said, I am never really satisfied with how I teach my literacy in my classroom. I tend to fall back into bad habits, you know the ones, grouping kids by level, round robin reading, summarizing the passage you have read, and comprehension worksheets. I sprinkle in moments of greatness: miscue analysis, formative assessments, one-on-one conferring, strategy mini-lessons, and so on, but they are only short unsustained bursts of brilliance. In spite of all of my short comings I have had some success in producing a love of reading in my students.
I am always searching the Internet and peeking into the classrooms of all of the fabulous sharing teachers that out there in web-world. That was when I first heard about "The Sisters". At first I thought it was just for lower elementary and I was teaching fourth and fifth grades. This year I have seen Daily Five and the CAFE in action in my friends' classrooms this last year and it inspired me to learn more.
|We got chimes to get students' attention, books for strategy lessons, tools for helping students who have trouble maintaining stamina; timer, eye lighters, and a "check for understanding."|
|The CAFE DVD and four books for teaching strategies on their menu.|