This is excellent. I particularly like “What changed in 4th grade? Parents stopped reading to children”. It’s so much fun to share a read-aloud book with older children. There are still books that they can understand and enjoy, but not yet read. It motivates them to continue improving and to try out different kinds of books.
I’m almost positive that this blog will be read only by me. However, on the chance that some lone wanderer of the internets happen to pass this way, I’m going to introduce myself. I’ve been teaching for about 34 years, the last 8 years in second grade. Four years ago I began trying to implement the Daily 5 and CAFE reading format, with which I instantly fell in love. Two years ago I was asked to host a Teacher Lab for the lower elementary teachers in my building. I decided to blog my way through the year: the second year of my full implementation and also the year I presented it to my colleagues. I set up the blog. That was as far as I got.
Now I’m making another attempt as I try to learn about using new technologies and web tools in my classroom. In the meantime, my school was introduced to Visible Thinking and I began teaching math with the Investigations program. I found I loved all three, and that they fit remarkably well together. Although the title of the blog is ‘dailycafelife’ , I will be blogging about all three structures and how they work together.
If you’ve wandered this far, I hope you find something of use.