Daily 5 + Tech = Accountability

My school district uses The Daily Five, by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser as the structure for our Reading Workshop.“The Daily Five is a series of literacy tasks (read to self, read with someone, writing, word work, and listening to reading) which students complete daily while the teacher meets with small groups or confers with individuals.” The book “explains the philosophy behind the structure,” and it shows teachers how to train “students to participate in each of the five components.” Each grade level creates what their reading block looks likes-some do all fives while others only do three.

This year has brought up questions of accountability within Daily 5 and what that looks like. Everyone in my building has different way that they make students accountable to what they do during each rotation but could it be tighter and help teachers with documentation that doesn't create more work for teachers.

I was asked by a teacher who has a couple of my more impacted students with learning disabilities to help her increase the accountability for not just these two students but her whole class during her Reading Workshop. She wants to use an iPad or two but also the computers in her room. After collaborating with her, we decided that setting something up that could go a week before making any changes would be best for her class.

After looking at our options, we decided that using MentorMob would be better than writing each on its own direction page like I do for math. Each rotation has its own step. The directions tell students what other materials they need to be "on task." This will be the first full week-so we'll see how it goes.

I think this is a good first step to help teachers create accountability that doesn't create more work for them. Adding any form of tech to their students day-where they are not using it to play games is a HUGE step in their thinking. Students do all their work in their writing journal or on a computer. For me its about showing teachers that computers and iDevices can be used to make life easier.

Create your own Playlist on MentorMob!


  1. I just went and spent the last 15 minutes looking at mentor mob. This looks like it could be really good for my kids too (k-5 sp.ed.). I'm sorry to say I hadn't used this before either.

    I really like the idea of adding tech into Daily 5, and not just sitting at a computer and consuming. There is so much creation that can be had by incorporating it, plus it adds to the engagement level of kids---and that tends to helps itself in the accountability department.

    thanks for this,

    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  2. This is awesome!! I am so excited to use this, I am getting a 1:1 learning lab in my classroom the first week of April! :)

    I have a question: How did you get all the National Geographic Explorer editions on symbaloo?? I can't figure it out for the life of me. Also, since I am new to mentormob, do the kids have to log into symbaloo? Should I create a class account and save the National Geographic articles there??

    Thanks so much for your help!!

    A Frenzy of Fun in 1st Grade

  3. Hi again! I figured out the National Geographic issue. My question now is: How do you make your playlist accessible to the kids? I saw that on the mmu site you can purchase space or get the free trial. Just wondering. Any help you could offer would be great!!

    Thanks again!


  4. MentorMob is free. When you finish your playlist-publish it and you can get the embed code. I embed the playlist on my class website. The students can then go out to pick which story (in this case) they wish to do.

    Hope this helps

  5. Hi Alison,
    Mentor Mob looks like such a great resource- especially for Daily 5! I'm excited to look more into it for my classroom. Thanks so much for linking up with us!
    Learning to the Core


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