For the coming school year, Pre-K classrooms in Tennessee are going to be evaluated using a new model for certification. This model includes more intentional teaching of literacy skills, such as “writing around the room” and “reading to self or others” than in previous years. When I began the Pre-K program in my school system in 2005, writing and paper work were a big “no-no” and I defended my use of pencil and paper when teaching my students to write their name. I was a Kindergarten teacher in my previous life 🙂 and I knew the importance of being able to write their first name on a paper so I stuck to my guns and kept on writing. NOW we have (as we always do in education) swung all the way to the other side of the spectrum with teaching children not only to write, but to incorporate the skills of holding a clipboard and pencil, moving about the room orderly, and searching for words to write and share with the class. We also were not to “teach letters” and I didn’t dare think about teaching children to read! Don’t get me wrong, I am excited about making some changes in my classroom with these new guidelines, but I am not sure how is the best way to incorporate these measures for at-risk 4 year olds. I have spent A LOT of time on Pinterest and googling the topic, but still I am having trouble moving forward with a plan that I believe best meets the needs of my students. So I am looking for advice on what works in your classroom or doesn’t work as the case may be. How did you set up your classroom? your work stations? What do you require from your students during the Daily 5 time? Do you have Teacher time and what skills do you focus on teaching? Any help will be appreciated, after all, teachers are the best at sharing their ideas and helping each other figure it out!