Chapter 2 - Principles Habits
"It not enough to be busy, so are the ants...
The question is: What are we busy about?"
Henry David Thoreau
I love it... what are we busy with and why?
The Sisters tell us in Chapter 2 that
PURPOSE + CHOICE = MOTIVATION.
It works with me... I am more motivated to complete and learn something that I have chosen to do ( I'm LOVING this book and can't wait to give it a try in my classroom this coming fall!!) When students understand the purpose of doing something and have a choice on what task they complete, they'll naturally be more motivated to stay busy and learn.
"Choice is highly motivational and puts children in charge of their learning."
I loved the 5 questions (stated on page 20) the students should ask themselves before choosing their Daily 5 task. I want to blow it up larger and place it on my Daily 5 board for the students to read and review often. I thought it might be helpful for the kids to have a bookmark to keep in their book box with the questions also.
I'm still contemplating the whole idea of my kiddos choosing for themselves, where ever, what ever... it's a bit scary for me. I'm a bit of a control freak and think I should have organization and order with everything (like I ever do ;) I wondered if I might use a chart similar to this above for the first part of the school year. It allows the kids to choose where to go but only allows up to 6 at a time at each area. ??? I found red, yellow, green and blue magnets at Walmart the other day and grabbed a few packages just in case. I group my kids into the 4 colors (with their name plates... trimmed in red, yellow, blue or green). They aren't level grouped... just for convenience throughout the year and activities. The colors match... they fit the circles... I don't know... I need your advice and experience... I can't wait to hear your thoughts and ideas.