Category Archive: writer’s notebook

notebooks: make ’em work for you!

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What a great discussion Stacey got started about writer’s notebooks. To see it, read her post One Notebook or Many? (as well as others since, click here). I’ve been thinking a lot about… Continue reading

time for recopying

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I’m running on empty (and I’m not talking about my gas tank). I’ve barely done any of the recopying in my new writer’s notebook that I set out to do. Therefore, I think… Continue reading

Decorating Writer’s Notebooks

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Kate (the other fourth grade teacher at my school) & I are planning on spending Friday, 9/7 decorating writer’s notebooks with our students. I’m thinking that it should be almost like a scrapbooking… Continue reading

Poetry Thursday

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Ruth and I both know and love Poetry Friday. However, I was just perusing the internet and found a site called Poetry Thursday, which is “an online project that builds community by encouraging… Continue reading

Operation Notebook

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So here I am, on a mission, to find the perfect notebook to use as my MASTER NOTEBOOK (sounds kind of funny calling it that) for my conferences. I think I found it… Continue reading

My Writing Teacher Goals

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Angela Redden got me thinking about all of my goals for the upcoming school year. I thought this would be a brilliant place for me to articulate my writerly goals, so here goes.… Continue reading

One notebook or many?

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Last week I blogged about a Recipe for Conferring Success. I’ve done some more thinking about it in recent days and am left pondering the following questions for myself as a teacher of… Continue reading

The first month of school

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I met with the other teacher on my grade level today to plan our Reading and Writing Workshops for the first month of school. Our writing teaching points were inspired by five professional… Continue reading

Getting Started: Creating CWPs

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Heinemann just published a lovely series of three booklets by Jim Vopat entitled Micro Lessons in Writing. I am so excited about infusing these micro lessons into my classroom, starting with some of… Continue reading

Strategy: Use photos to tell a story

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I often have my students bring in photographs of them at special times in their lives in order to help them spark their memory (and write a small moment story.) I discourage them… Continue reading

Timelines and Writer’s Notebooks

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I divided my kids up into ten groups today, printed out my Google Class Calendar, and asked them to work with a partner to organize and illustrate a month of the year. We… Continue reading