Language Arts

Language Arts

The English language arts are the vehicles of communication by which we live, work, share and build ideas and understandings of the present, reflect on the past and imagine the future.

The Daily 5/Café

The Daily 5/Café in the Classroom is the integration of common core routines and framework. It is the explicit teaching and practicing of behaviours that is the core of the management system in the literacy classroom.

Our belief is that the way teachers structure their learning environment and the way students spend their time influences the level of reading proficiency the student can attain by the end of the academic year. The structure of the learning environment is developing a plan for how students would spend their time working independently while teachers work with small groups or hold conferences with individual students.

The learning environment in the classroom and the teacher role changes from one where they try to "manage" students and putting our fires to creating routines and procedures that foster independent literacy behaviours that are ingrained to the point of being habits. The goal for all students is to internalize these expectations and shared experiences in a way that allows for every child to become engrossed in their own reading and writing. The classroom community is an environment where reading, writing and self-monitoring are closely tied together for each child.

The Daily 5 Management Model

  • Relies on the teaching of independence.
  • Manages the entire literacy block.
  • Allows for three to five focus lessons and more intentional teaching.
  • Provides students substantial time to read and write.
  • Allows for the integration of reading and writing.
  • Incorporates a variety of clearly defined instructional routines that accelerate learning.
  • Builds stamina to ensure longer periods of time students successfully read and write.
  • Articulates student behaviours that culminate in highly engaged learners.
  • Teachers students to understand and monitor their literacy goals.