I’ve heard all manner of reasons for why this year is exceptionally difficult. I’m a believer in the Daily Five. It makes sense, it’s based on research – brain research AND literacy research. I saw my students grow.
But I feel that it is time to give it up.
The message I’ve been getting is that in order to follow the curriculum guides, particular lessons need to be implemented. I tried to creatively roll these mandatory lessons into the CAFE, but sadly, there just isn’t time to do the CAFE justice. Trying to do both the Daily Five/CAFE and the required curriculum is driving me insane.
So even though I believe the Daily Five/CAFE is a powerful tool toward helping my students become independent and become better readers than I ever thought possible, I am giving it up. Reading groups, here we go.
Sometimes it is better to admit defeat. But better for whom? Of that I’m not sure.