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Working Lunch: Checking Writer’s Notebooks

It’s October and that means that it’s time for me to start checking my students’ writer’s notebooks once/week. Today was the first day of it. (I’m using the rubric I used last year, which is loosely based off of the work of Aimee Buckner.) 1 of the 4 students was absent (who was supposed to turn her notebook in), 1 turned her’s in (and got a 3-) and the other two students didn’t turn theirs in, which was disappointing to me. (I even wrote a reminder on the board and verbally reminded those kids.)

I think that they have to get in the groove of turning in their notebooks… hopefully next week will be different (or heck, tomorrow will hopefully be different!) since I’m more than willing to work through my lunches to check notebooks if the kids just turn them in.

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.

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  1. I am having the same problem with my students turning in response logs. I, too, verbally remind them and write it on the board, homework page, and so forth. We have been doing this for 3 weeks now. I know how you feel when they don’t turn it in.


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