Category Archive: writer’s notebook

Quotations for Notebooks

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I like collecting quotes, especially quotes about writing.  If you like inspirational quotes, then here are a few about writing.  Some of these would be perfect to paste onto the inside front cover… Continue reading

A New Notebook for the New School Year

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Some teachers buy them for their students.  Some teachers have parents purchase their own.  Some teachers have school-issued marble composition books.  Regardless of where students’ writer’s notebooks come from, there should be some… Continue reading

Reflecting on Reading Like a Writer

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So I took some time to create a video about the system I created in order to track and reflect on my summer reading. Because I pushed myself to reflect in a new… Continue reading

Start Collecting!

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As the school year quickly approaches, now is the time to begin collecting some ephemera from our everyday lives. Ephemera (the stuff of life that you would normally throw away) adds a dimension… Continue reading

Mardi Gras Beads, a Treasure Chest, and Notebooks

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One of the best things about attending summer institutes hosted by the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is meeting people from all over the country and the world.  This year, I landed… Continue reading

Share Your Story

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Stories are as unique as the people who tell them, and the best stories are those in which the ending is a surprise. At least, that’s what Travis Parker recalled his dad telling… Continue reading

The Power of Place

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The more I write and collect stories, the more I realize the power of place.  Thinking about a place can jog all kinds of memories — even ones you forgot you had.  This… Continue reading

A Peek Into My Notebook

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In this (too-long) video, I share a peek into my notebook.  I’m not sure what happened, though, because when I prepared it for the Internet, the final letter was dropped from many of… Continue reading

Living Like Writers: Collecting Stories.

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Earlier this week, I posted about finding meaning in the everyday stories of our lives.  I ended the post with this line: So here’s to collecting the stories of our lives, finding the… Continue reading

A Writing Send-Off

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Everyone received one last notebook! Originally uploaded by teachergal I began cleaning out my classroom supply cabinet yesterday. I found 16 leftover notebooks that were donated to my classroom from DonorsChoose. Since items… Continue reading

Mentoring: Peace, Locomotion

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My colleague and next-door-classroom-neighbor Leanna and I were eating and grading writer’s notebooks together at lunchtime today.  I got to the second notebook in my stack and said, “She’s gotta be kidding me!”… Continue reading

Reading Notebooks

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Katie asked: How often do you collect and look at notebooks or are you doing it as you conference with students? I rarely read through a student’s notebook during a Writing Conference.  The… Continue reading

Just what are the kids writing in those notebooks?

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Mrs. V. left the following comment yesterday: “Thanks for your details. Could you tell me more about their idea notebook nightly assignment? What are the requirements and how do you assess it? Also,… Continue reading

From the Notebook to a Final Copy

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Yesterday, Katie left the following comment: Stacey is there a post or can you post your process for students’ writing. What I mean is where do they draft, what do you collect and… Continue reading

Have You Tucked-In Your Writing Lately?

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An Old Slice of Life Story That I Tucked Into a Student’s Notebook Originally uploaded by teachergal I had a pile of student notebooks in front of me yesterday. One of them had… Continue reading

SOLSC Inspiration

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Looking for ways to get your class inspired about the upcoming Slice of Life Story Challenge?  Here are a few ideas: 1.  Send a letter home like I posted on Sunday.  Be sure… Continue reading

Gearing Up for the Classroom Part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Are you planning to host a Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC) in your classroom during the month of March?  If so, here are some basic tools to launch it this-coming Sunday, 3/1/09.… Continue reading

Writerly Things to Do on February Break

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Are you off from work this week?  Are you looking for ways to nurture your inner writer?  If so, then here’s a little list I made, which may (or may not) appeal to… Continue reading

Writerly Things That Happened at Lunchtime

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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… Continue reading

Emotional & Truthful: That’s What Memoir Is!

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I’m teaching memoir right now.  It falls into our schedule early this year… and I love it! On Friday I had four conferences, two of which my students didn’t follow through with, which… Continue reading