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Mini Notecards




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I recently purchased a bunch of small note cards from Christina Hill, The Hollister 25, and Piping Hot Papers for the purpose of writing little notes to my students when I catch them doing something good, want to give them a written pep talk, of when I wish to tell them that they amazed me with their intelligence.

A new use for these note cards, which I discovered yesterday, was for writing back to kids when they send me an apology letter for something they did (e.g., inappropriate classroom behavior). One student wrote me a two-page note the other day. The final line of the note asked for one more chance. How could I not respond to that, in writing, seeing as he had taken the time to write me a sincere letter. The note card (above) shows my response.

Anyway, the notes, similar to the ones I sent my kids before the NECAP Reading Test, were a big hit. I see them lurking inside of the kids’ desks. If only I could coax these notes into the “ephemera section” of their writer’s notebooks…

Stacey Shubitz View All

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

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  1. I love it! At the end of last year I gave each of my students a copy of the picture I had taken of them on day 1, with a note from me about how much they had grown. They liked it but I assumed it kinda got lost in the end-of-year shuffle. Recently, though, the kids’ 6th grade teacher asked them to bring in important objects to inspire writing, and one of my kids had brought in that note. I was really pleased and surprised to find out it had meant so much to her.

    And this site is great…as I’m starting my first year of real workshop teaching, I check this site all the time and get so many ideas and so much inspiration!

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  2. It’s nice to know you have real students…the kind who go to the office every now and then! The scchool I work in has many students who have trouble adjusting from the rules of the neighborhood to the rules of the school. Some of our teachers don’t believe Writer’s Workshop can work in their classrooms because they (the students) can’t be trusted to be self-regulated. But I wonder if that isn’t the very thing they need to be taught…what it means to earn trust and be in control of yourself.

    PS-You and Ruth you need to write a book about the practicalities of implementing Writer’s Workshop in an elementary classroom. I know WW it isn’t a “cookie cutter” process that can be recorded into lesson plans for teachers, but you both have so much knowledge about the theory and process, yet break it down into usable chunks for teachers to apply directly into their classrooms.

    Anywhooo…just a thought

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  3. The child was in the office… I have a feeling he was asked to write it. However, it was reminiscent of a plan box, so I think he put his own slant on it. I was pretty impressed… and he followed it today.

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  4. Great idea about writing the kids little notes! Do you teach the kids to write you an apology letter when they misbehave etc. or did that student just choose to write the note on his own?

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