Daily 5 and the Now Literacies. Daily 5 Chronicles


Initially, the focus of my Personal Growth Plan was The Daily 5, understanding and implementing its literacy framework in order to create a classroom of highly engaged readers, writers and learners. I feel confident about my professional growth this year and was often able to capture many moments where my students were on their own personal learning journeys.

The Daily 5 allows students to follow our North Stars. The above photos provide evidence that we own our learning. During our literacy blocks, these students transformed themselves into an animal researcher, a biographer, a poet and a couple of book worms (students working on a novel study). So is that it for our Daily 5 journey ? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! I want all of my students to be prepared now for their future.

How do I amplify all that the Daily 5 has to offer? Embed the now literacies into this wonderful framework and show them by example how to be a leader.

As I read chapter 2 of A Guide to Documenting Learning, I came across a QR code that lead me to a blog on the best ways to demonstrate leadership. As I studied the above sketch note, this was in fact what had transpired as I introduced Twitter, a blogging platform to my Grade 2 class. So why have a classroom Twitter account? It was a solution to a problem. When filling in a KWHLAQ chart, one of my students discovered there was not enough information on the Narwhal in our school library or on-line to satisfy his curiosity. So as we brainstormed and filled in the KWHLAQ chart, Twitter was suggested as a way of reaching out to others in our community and the world. That is how our first lesson on Twitter came to be. I simply pulled up my first Twitter post and the sharing and learning began. The purpose of our classroom account, understanding of hashtags, and our profile were the focus of our first lesson.

Our next step will be how to write a tweet and use the hashtags that will allow us to connect to our intended audience (scientists and researchers). Introducing this tool allowed me to incorporate the now literacies into my Daily 5 curriculum, which is essential if we are serious about graduating students that are literate. The now literacies are:

  • basic literacy (reading,writing, listening and speaking)
  • media literacy
  • digital citizenship,
  • global literacy
  • information literacy
  • network literacy

I will no longer look at literacy the same way. My eyes have been opened and I am excited each day to understand and learn more about the now literacies. I will demonstrate leadership by modelling by example, be transparent in the process, go through the experience alongside my students and share.

One thought on “Daily 5 and the Now Literacies. Daily 5 Chronicles

  1. Let me first address the “logistics” of your blog post. I am thrilled to see that you are gaining fluency in using images and links in “writing” your posts. The images help break up the text, as well as provide visual evidence of your textual “claims”. The links show, in addition to more information, the connections you are creating to the work in your classroom and your own learning.
    So… not only are you talking about the NOW literacies, but you are exhibiting and documenting your own journey in developing and becoming now literate 😉

    Moving on to the content, the topic of your blog post… in the connections you are experiencing, I see evidence of your own learning journey from not being aware, to awareness of the changes, the new mindset, the urgency and necessity to include the now literacies…The blog post is evidence itself of your leaning growth. Your reflection provides EVIDENCE to me, that when we learn and go through the process of learning in new forms, as teachers, we automatically translate this into the classroom. It is evident that your own learning experiences are fueling your passion for teaching and exposing your students to similar experiences of new forms in learning.
    I can also see the spark from your post in taking on the responsibilities of being a researcher/ a scientist/ a pioneer with the obligation to test, try, fail, re-try and share your research with others. That is what leaders do!

    I am thrilled to have you in my learning network!

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