Category Archive: writer’s notebook

Putting the Large Stones In First: A September Check-In

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Nervously lowering myself into a chair, I scooted myself closer to the table.  Around me sat three new colleagues.  My new 7th grade teaching team.  Having moved from my familiar home in small-town… Continue reading

Risk-taking in the Writer’s Notebook

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We learn when we experiment and take risks. The writer’s notebook could be a place worth considering as a place to do some risk-taking!

See Something Where There is Nothing: A Poetry Lesson

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Need a fresh idea for poetry? Try this lesson!

Teaching Writing, Learning Writing

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As I get ready for the March SOLSC, I’m thinking about ways to support writers when ideas, energy and inspiration waver.

It’s Not Just About the Notebook — Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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Read what happens when Lisa makes a commitment to her writer’s notebook.

Thinking About My Writer’s Notebook in a Digital Age

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Without a notebook, my great ideas are going unrecorded and, ultimately, forgotten.

It’s Not Just About the Notebook

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  I started this summer with  this confession to all of you about my less than steady notebook habit. And after I let you in on my little secret, I dusted off my notebook,… Continue reading

Notebooks: Starting with What Matters Most

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Before summer began, we at Two Writing Teachers planned this blog series, and I blithely volunteered to write a post about the value of notebooks in writing workshop. Notebooks. What was I thinking?!… Continue reading

Writing Our Way to Goodbye

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Today is my last day of school! My third grade students and I have been writing our way towards goodbye over the last few weeks.

Got Stuck?

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What option can you give your students when they just get stuck?

Educators as Writers: A Follow-Up Conversation

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Should educators be writers? The conversation continues! We welcome your voice and ideas on how we can spread the word that when educators write, students grow as writers!

Using Artifacts and Photos to Inspire Writing: Discovering the Writer’s Life

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Using artifacts and photos from our life allows us to reconnect with stories and breathes in new life to our writer’s notebooks.

Notebooks on Field Trips: Discovering the Writer’s Life

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One of my favorite things about being a classroom teacher was taking educational field trips with my students. One year, I took my fifth grades on 20-25 field trips around the five boroughs… Continue reading

Starting with Story

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I recently had the pleasure of attending the 25th Annual Comprehensive Literacy and Reading Recovery Conference in Illinois.  One of the sessions I attended was led by the brilliant and endearing Christopher Lehman.  His session centered… Continue reading

When to Pop Out of the Notebook

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As much as I LOVE notebooks, even I have to admit there is a time in every writer’s process when it is time to pop out of the notebook and onto a laptop or lined paper.

Keeping a “for school” writer’s notebook

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When I first began teaching writing workshop, I brought my own writer’s notebook into class to share with my students…

What Are You Doing to Encourage Ownership?

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A writing exercise and some wise words.

My Paper Notebook

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Have you gone digital with your writer’s notebook? Or are you still using paper and pen?

Building a culture of bravery in writing workshop

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In these early days of writing workshop, we work on being brave…

Walk Like a Writer

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Observational walking is useful for professional writers and it can be good for students too!
This fall, head outside with your students for a walk around your school’s neighborhood. But first, read ASK ME by Bernard Waber and Suzy Lee! (Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of this book.)