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 has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
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).