The reading and writing block is a busy time for all of us.
As 'daily 5' is further cemented in our systems and structures - I can spend more time conferring with individual students.
I am loving the CCPensieve, but still using some paper to take and record information.
As my children read one on one with me (and the other Prep teacher in our space) I record their reading on a Running Record sheet. This process is so important in analysing what is the next step and what is their true instructional text.
'daily 5' allows us the opportunity to do this much more often. Our other students are engaged with best fit tasks while we do this. The know that everyone has this time with the teacher and it is important to not interrupt and let the reading happen.
In our state, we had a 6-18th month strategy that said we needed to take running records every three weeks for each child. Before 'daily 5' this was difficult to manage. Now it is possible to do 3-5 a day. It has become part of what we do. As a result our kids are flying - in our team teaching situation we have a large proportion of our students reading well into Grade 1 and Grade 2. That is one or two years above the expected level.