Thank you for your questions, I am sure this is something others have been wondering as well.
I begin our morning with our reading block. So after the announcements, students sit on the carpet in front of the whiteboard where my Proxima projects. (I use an electronic wireless "clicker" or slide advancer so that I am not attached to the mouse or computer.) We begin with the "Warm Up With Wordplay" and students usually partner talk about the warm up and I listen for great ideas and share those with the whole class rather than calling on individual students. This is to conserve time for the more critical areas of the Journey's. We then proceed through the rest of the first days slides. Depending on my students level of willingness we will do the new phonics practice before reading the read aloud or after. I have the students blend, read, or partner talk each slide. My student sit on the carpet in rows and have assigned partners to talk with.
Some slides have students using their whiteboards as an engagement technique and they return to their desks to complete each question. I also have the students use their whiteboards for the daily fix it so they can practice finding errors in writing.
I make the participation mandatory so that students do not have an option of checking out.
Yes, I plan on creating a PowerPoint for each lesson in the Journey's. I am currently working on Lesson 9. I had hoped to be more than just a week ahead but other obligations came up.
If you have any more questions, feel free to email me at email@example.com.
October 17, 2013