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Writing Shares

One of my goals as a Writing Teacher this year was to have my students share notebook entries every Tuesday and Wednesday. Unfortunately, it’s not catching on as well as I would have liked. Share sign-ups in my classroom (during Morning Meeting) go as follows:

Monday: Weekend Update
Tuesday: Writer’s Notebook Entries
Wednesday: Writer’s Notebook Entries
Thursday: Free Choice
Friday: Poetry Friday (your own poem or another poet’s)

It’s always three kids per day.

I’ve explained to my class that sharing an entry is like sharing a free choice share, but most haven’t bought into it. Only 1 or 2 (rather than 6) kids sign-up to share an entry each week. I’m a bit perplexed by this and would love suggestions. I’m not ready to abandon this idea yet.

In the meantime, I share an entry I wrote during share time instead. But honestly, I’d rather hear my kids’ writing, than hear myself talk!

Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

3 thoughts on “Writing Shares Leave a comment

  1. I posted a sign outside of my classroom door this morning that said, “No one signed up to share yet today. If you’re interested in sharing an entry with your peers, then please sign up.” They were breaking down the doors to sign up. YEA!!!


  2. I think this is a brilliant idea! What if you specifically asked certain students to share? If, during conferences, you notice an interesting entry, you could ask that student to share it at a future meeting. Maybe, after a few of these, others would begin to jump on the bandwagon.


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