Daily 5, CAFE and Math Daily 3

Photo: The 2 Sisters, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, creators of the Daily 5, CAFE and Math Daily 3

The 2 Sisters, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, creators of the Daily5, CAFE and Math Daily 3, spent two days in Edmonton on February 9 and 10, 2015, offering professional development to over 480 teachers.  Both days were filled with the latest thinking around Daily5, CAFE and Math Daily 3.  They highlighted many different educational research studies about how students learn best and ways teachers can support students in the classroom.

The Daily 5 framework allows teachers a way to structure their literacy time to build student independence and provide time for teachers to teach whole group, small group and one-on-one. Students are engaged in the Daily 5 tasks, which are designed with a clear purpose in a structure that allows for differentiation.

The CAFE (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency Expand Vocabulary) model was also shared and the Sisters emphasized the importance of continually monitoring students and using this data to set individual goals with students, as well as, using it to inform classroom instruction. Ideas for conferring with students in an effective and efficient manner were modeled, proving how powerful these meetings with our students really are.

Over the two days, Gail and Joan shared their latest thinking on Math Daily 3. Like Daily 5, this structure builds student independence and supports the students in taking responsibility for their learning. The focus lessons are designed around the gradual release of responsibility model. Our Alberta Mathematics Curriculum highlights the importance of teachers addressing the diverse learning styles and this structure is designed in a way that promotes this.

The highlight of this professional learning opportunity was that the session and accompanying resources were designed in a way that carries the learning beyond the two days the Sisters spent in Edmonton. From the session handout book to the Daily CAFE website and second edition of the Daily 5 book, there are multiple ways that this learning opportunity can continue well into the future or at least until the Sisters return to our city next year…we hope!