Thanks so much for all of your comments and thoughts with Reading Street and Daily 5. Your thoughts and posts are super helpful and appreciated. I spent my weekend with my girls up at our cabin and like a huge nerd, I brought my reading materials with me. I am the kind of person who, when "stuck" on something, I have to bring my things with me, even if I don't end up touching them. This is because I have kind of perfected the art of putting things in the back of my head until I find a solution. If said solution comes (and it usually does when I least expect it -- like in the shower or some other weird place!), I have my materials handy to make notes or whatnot.
I actually had a good couple of hours there when the kids were occupied with other things and think I may have found a way to mesh both that will make me feel like I'm being true to the program but also doing what is best for my students. I will share more about that in an upcoming post. [Just waaaaayyyy too tired from my weekend to do it now!]
Secondly....one thing that I love about Reading Street is the tech component. I love technology! However, my school only has one computer lab and with 500+ students, plus the lab closed down for weeks at a time when we have MAP testing, I am struggling to figure out how I can successfully utilize the online components of Reading Street.
I am thinking about trying to write a grant...I remember reading about someone who got 1:1 grants for iPads in their classroom which is awesome. I am not sure where to get started but even if I could get a few it would be so helpful. Any tips or tricks out there?