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)
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!