Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Our not CAFE board
After attending a workshop with the sisters (aka Daily 5 and CAFÉ and genius teachers) last year, the thing that stayed with me the longest was that their books and ideas were guides not rules. The CAFÉ wall just hadn't worked for me or my class. I loved the idea (and my whole school adopted the Daily 5/CAFÉ framework as a non-negotiable), but at 4th grade, I found it reducing what I taught instead of elevating it. Our reading specialists had worked with one of the fifth grade teachers at my school when she had the same issues/feelings, and seeing what they came up with inspired me to do the same. Here, then, is my non-CAFÉ CAFÉ wall. Like all CAFÉ walls, it is a growing, work in progress.
As you can also tell, my classroom theme is western! LOL