Daily Five/CAFE Professional Development

     A  few weeks ago I had the opportunity to present at a Literacy Institute for 100 fantastic teachers on Text Complexity and what it means in the primary grades.  I met some WONDERFUL primary educators at that conference and was so excited to get started on my own classroom after I left.  
     Well...the next day a principal that attended the Literacy Institute contacted me asked if I could come to present at her school in a few weeks as well... So I spent this weekend getting ready to present on the Daily Five/CAFE at her private school on Thursday.  I'm still fairly new at presenting professional development for other teachers, and I LOVE it, but to tell you the truth I still get really freaked out!

    I know I'm being super irrational but crazy thoughts start entering my head.  "what if all the teachers are super negative?" "What if no one laughs at my jokes?" "What if I cant find where I'm presenting?" "What if I forget something?" "What if the technology I need doesn't work?" "What if I run out of time?" "What if I have too much time?"  OKAY OKAY! I need to breathe. I'm sure it will be just fine :)

     So as I was preparing my presentation I found some  resources that I'd like to share with you all as well! The first I cannot claim as my own, but the others I have created myself.

1: Check in sheet from Christina Bainbridge. Grab a FREE copy here.
2.  Response Sheets for students to use during Read to Self or Read to Someone.  I put these in students poetry binder with a divider in the middle so they can easily flip to them to respond.  I ask my students to complete one think sheet every day and I collect them each week. Click here for a FREE copy. (If you'd like to see my post on poetry binders click here)



3. My weekly lesson planning page.  I created this page for myself to make sure that I was fitting in mini lessons in all of the areas of CAFE as well as a way to organize which groups and students I needed to pull.  You can download a copy FREE here.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Now just a quick question for all of you out there.  If you use the Daily Five/CAFE in your room, what tips or advice would you give to a group of teachers that have never tried it before? I'd love to share your ideas with the group of teachers I meet on Thursday!

2 comments:

  1. I am trying to find a template of your daily 5 plan sheet but keep running into dead ends. Any help would be appreciated!

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    1. So sorry it took me so long to respond! This comment was in my spam folder. Email me at jessica@mrsplemonkindergarten.com and I'd be happy to send you a copy :)

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