When we returned from Winter Recess I had my students complete self-evaluations of their Writer’s Notebooks. (They do this in the middle and at the end of the year. This idea was inspired by Aimee Buckner’s Book on Writer’s Notebooks.) Each and every student receives a letter back from me with a compliment and a teaching point (and sometimes a bit more).
The student who I just finished writing back to is receiving some assistance from me for writing more non-narrative entries that show evidence of deeper thinking.
Today’s definitely a great day to catch-up on these… just four more to go!
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.