Six of my students opted to stay up with me during lunch today. Two were under the weather and wanted to chill with me; two wanted to finish their reminder posters; the final two wanted to peruse New Moon for Girls to get ideas about writing their own article.
Two of the five kids from the Tuesday Writing Circle finished up their posters today. They used watercolors to dress-up their messages to themselves.
The two girls who wanted to read New Moon came over to me while I was perusing Ali Edwards’s Recent Post about reflection journals. I asked them, “Do you think this kind of thing would be good to help you collect more for your memoir over next week’s vacation.”
“Yes!” they said in unison (probably wooed by how beautiful Ali’s journal looks.) So, I went to Designer Digitals, where I made my first purchase. At home, this evening, I created two mini jotters for each of these students, who both write every day (already), to see if these little things help them write more reflective entries, about their memoir’s “blob idea” over the vacation. Here’s what I created:
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).