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ELC grade-school teachers talk about the Daily 5

April 15, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

Several Estherville Lincoln Central elementary teachers Monday shared their joy of working together to develop Daily 5 teaching strategies during their professional development time.

Tara Laabs, Title I reading and kindergarten teacher, said the goal of Daily 5 was student-driven management structures. She said staff reaction to professional development this year was very positive.

Katie Rezac, Roosevelt fourth-grade teacher, said the first component as it applied to her reading program was for students to read to themselves - whether that was by reading pictures, words or retelling the story.

Rezac said the biggest part of students reading to themselves was stamina. She said fourth-graders spend 20-30 minutes a day reading to themselves, and that after doing so, 100 percent of students offered positive comments.

Second-grade teacher Tara Ries talked about shared reading in which students read to each other or together, stopping to check for understanding.

Kindergarten teacher Shayla Witzke talked about listening to reading.

Anita Helmich, fourth-grade teacher, talked about having students work on their writing and then doing "word work" in which they did experiments with words and finding spelling patterns.

Jenny Boggess, third-grade teacher, talked about S.T.A.R.T., the acronym for teaching which includes student-centered teaching, teaching for understanding, assessment, rigor and relevance and teaching for learner differences.

"That collaboration is so important to us," Boggess said.



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