Welcome!This summer, after I was hired as an ELA/Science teacher for 6th grade, I began a quest for new ideas of what may work in the ELA classroom. I have a full 90 minute block, which has pros and cons. On the plus side (and there are many more pluses), we have a solid span of time, students are focused, we are after lunch so students have been fed, and I only have 22 students. On the con side, it's after lunch and it's for 90 minutes. My goals evolved into these questions, "How do I break up 90 minutes?" and "How do I differentiate and measure progress?"
Enter the CAFE books by "The Sisters." I loved the idea of having a Daily 5/Centers. The issue became that I really felt this was meant for younger grades with shorter attention spans and different needs. I needed a longer chunk of time per center (I settled on 20). I needed to only do 1-2 centers per day (so that I could leave time for other ELA instruction). I couldn't do 5 per day. I needed a change. It was necessary.
So while I am planning on implementing this on Monday for the very first time (eeeeek!) I *think* I have changed and modified my schedule to fit my needs. I will post it shortly. Oh, and why "Superlative 6" you ask? Well, "superlative" and "buoyancy" were my two favorite words I picked up in late elementary school and have never let go of. Come on...who doesn't love "SUPERLATIVE!?"